|Pig Canary Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Canarium decumanum|
|Origin||Malesia: East Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Indonesia – (Moluccas, Kalimantan, Papua) and Papua New Guinea|
Canarium decumanum is a large tree with large buttresses. It is 8 meters high and 5 meters across. The tree grows to the height of 30-60 meters and trunk is 1-2 meters across. Small branches are angular and 1-1.5 cm across. Small stipules are found at the base of leaf stalk which looks like simple leaves without teeth. Leaves are formed in spirals and comprises of 4-6 pairs of leaflets. Leaves are 35 to 45 cm long and leaflets are oval and are between 5-30 cm long by 3-10 cm wide. Leaflets are papery and stiff. Flower clusters occur in leaf axils. The cluster of male flowers is 4-19 cm long with many flowers and female flower clusters are 5-7 cm long with few flowers. Fruits are triangular in cross section and measures 7-8 cm long by 4-6 cm wide.
- The kernel is used for bakery products and to flavor ice cream.
- It is roasted or boiled and used in cooking in Melanesia.