Maple Tree Sapindales - Order

Sapindales is a large order, containing 9 families (APGII) some of which are of very great economic and culinary value. The culinary families each have their own page. While those family pages will usually be accessed directly, this page serves to organize them and show the diversity of the order. The photo is of a young Sugar Maple Tree (Acer saccharum) which belongs to the Soapberry Family.   Photo by Bruce Marlin distributed under license Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic.

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Citrus Family   -   [Rutaceae]
Fruit Mix

The highly aromatic Rutaceae family (named for the bitter herb Rue), is most familiar from the genus Citrus and often called the Citrus family. Several other genera have a less prominent role in culinary affairs. The common edible citrus varieties are all tropical or subtropical and of Asian origin. The Citrus Family has its own page.

Soapberry Family   -   [Sapindaceae]

The Soapberries are a diverse family of temperate to subtropical trees, shrubs and lianas (vines), a few of which have some significance as food - and others as cleansing agents.   Photo of lychees on tree by U.S. Department of Agriculture = public domain. The Soapberry Family has its own page.

Cashew / Mango Family   -   [Anacardiaceae]
Whole Fruits

The Cashews are a medium sized family of resinous trees and plants, mostly tropical but some temperate. Some provide highly prized edible fruit, but many have an irritant in their sap which causes rashes in humans, poison ivy being the most notorious.
Cashew fruit photo from United States Agency for International Development - public domain. The Cashew / Mango Family has its own page.

Torchwood Family   -   [Burseraceae]
Gumbo Tree

The Torchwood family is a modest sized family of very resinous trees. Many are famous for resins used medicinally, as incense and for various industrial purposes, but the family does provide a few culinary items The Torchwood Family has its own page.

Mahogany Family   -   [Meliaceae]

The Mahogany family is more familiar for wood used in boats and fine furniture than as food, but a few varieties are of culinary value. A number of these trees bear edible fruit, which is enjoyed in the regions where the trees grow, but is seldom exploited commercially, and even then mostly on a local scale.

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