Wampee facts

The fruit Wampee was originated from China. It a fast growing tree which requires sub-tropical or tropical climate. Moreover, the tree does well in rich loam soil. The tree thrives best in Southern China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Florida, Hawaii and Philippines. The leaves in a tree are grey to brown in color. The flexible branches are not weak. Fruits are orange to yellow which turns to grayish yellow in an apple shape when matured.

Name Wampee
Scientific Name Clausena lansium
Native Native to Southern China: Fujian, Guangxi, Guangdong, South Guizhou, Sichuan, Hainan, South East Yunnan and North or Central Vietnam.
Common/English Name Fool’s Curry Leaf, Wampi, Wampee, huang pi, Chinese clausena
Name in Other Languages Chinese: Huang Pi;
Dutch: Wampi;
French: Vampi;
Khmer: Kantrop;
Korean: Hwangphinamu;
Laotian: Somz Mafai;
Malaysia (Cantonese): Wang-Pei;
Philippines (Tagalog): Huampit;
Singapore: Wampoi;
Thailand: Som-Mafai;
Vietnamese: Hong Bi;
Komi: Вампи
Plant Growth Habit Evergreen shrub/small tree
Growing Climate Subtropical to tropical
Soil Rich, well-drained and loamy
Plant Size Height: 3-12 m, Trunk diameter: 40 cm
Bark Rough, grey brown
Leaf Dark green, arranged spirally, pinnate; Length: 10-30 cm long; elliptic or elliptic to ovate leaflets (7-15)
Flowering Season Late March
Buds Globose
Flower Pentamerous, sweet-scented, white to yellow to green; Across: 14 mm across
Fruit shape & size Globose, ellipsoid, broadly ovoid berry; 1.5-3 × 1-2 cm
Fruit color Pale green to pale yellow or brownish yellow
Flesh Yellowish white, mucilaginous, juicy
Fruit peel Thin, soft
Fruit Taste Sweet, slightly acidic
Seed 1-5 seeds, bright green; Length: 10-15 mm
Varieties/Types
  • Niu Shen (Cow’s kidney)
  • Yuan Chung (Globular variety)
  • Yeh Sheng (Wild growing)
  • Suan Tsao (Sour jujube)
  • Hsiao Chi Hsien (Small chicken heart)
  • Chi Hsin (Chicken heart)
  • Kua Pan (Melon section)
Fruit Season May-July
Major Nutritions Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 148 mg (164.44%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3.3 mg (20.63%)
Carbohydrate 14.1 g (10.85%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.11 mg (8.46%)
Potassium, K 281 mg (5.98%)
Phosphorus, P 19 mg (2.71%)
Total dietary Fiber 0.8 g (2.11%)
Protein 0.9 g (1.80%)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.02 mg (1.67%)
Calcium, Ca 15 mg (1.50%)
Health Benefits
  • Vasodilator activity
  • Reduce hypertension
  • Treats cataracts
  • Balance cholesterol level
  • Water soluble vitamin
  • Treats diabetes
  • Provides energy
  • Nervous system
  • Reproduction and growth
  • Contraction of muscles
Calories in 100 gm 55 Kcal.
Traditional uses
  • Leaves, roots and unripe fruits are used in folkloric medicine.
  • Treat asthma, coughs, bronchitis, dermatological diseases and hepatitis.
  • Possess stomachic, antifungal and cooling effects.
  • Treats ulcers, Parkinson’s disease and chronic inflammation.
  • Cure malaria, dandruff and protect the hair color.
  • Useful for stomach upsets, coughs, colds, influenza and abdominal colic pains.
  • Used in folk medicines.
  • Reduce swelling as well as inflammation.
  • Reduces cancer cell growth.
 Precautions
  • Allergic reactions
  • Should not consume in excess.
How to Eat
  • Consumed fresh.
  • Added to gelatins, fruit cups and desserts.
  • Make jellies, pies and jams.
  • Served with meat dishes or preserves.
  • Fermented into carbonated beverage or champagne.
  • Fruits are dried.
  • Used in salad dressings and marinades.
  • Added to sorbets and recipes.
  • Warmed, barbequed, steamed, simmered and baked.
  • Make preserves.
  • In China, a much esteemed fruit made into delicious preserves.