Cassia grandis flowers and pods (fruits) - pink shower

Cassia grandis – the

Cassia grandis, one of several species called pink shower tree in the family Fabaceae. It’s mainly cultivated as an urban street tree for its beautiful flowers.

Cassia grandis flowers
Cassia grandis flowers
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Genus: Cassia
  • Species: Cassia grandis
  • Synonyms: Cassia brasiliana, Cassia brasiliana var. tomentosa Miq., Cassia brasiliensis, Cassia mollis, Cassia pachycarpa
  • English names: pink shower, carao
  • Vietnamese: ô môi
Cassia grandis blooming in Lam Dong province
Cassia grandis blooming in Lam Dong province

Cassia grandis is originated from South America, and were introduced in southern Vietnam, but no one knows when and why. Now, it’s a common street tree in southwestern Vietnam. There is even a song about this flower.

A road with blooming Cassia grandis trees
A road with blooming Cassia grandis trees

In Vietnam, the flowering season of C. grandis is from late March and early April.

Cassia grandis in Vietnam - pink shower
Cassia grandis in Vietnam

Culinary uses

In Vietnam, Cassia grandis is known as ô môi and mainly cultivated in southwestern provinces such as An Giang, Cần Thơ, Vĩnh Long,…

Cassia grandis flowers and pods (fruits) - pink shower
Cassia grandis flowers and pods (fruits)

The flesh of Cassia grandis pod is edible which has a very sweet, slightly pungent and intense taste, often served with chili salt as a rustic snack.

Cassia grandis pod
A ripe Cassia grandis pod
Cassia grandis snack
Cassia grandis snack

Some Vietnamese chefs also make Cassia grandis sauce in some grilled dishes, or make use of the so-called Cassia grandis wine. Its seeds are also used to cook some Vietnamese sweet soups which are served with coconut milk, and palm sugar.

braised pork ribs with wine and Cassia grandis sauce
Wine-braised pork ribs with Cassia grandis (ô môi) sauce

 

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