Mangrove, Bolu Api-Api, Avicennia Spongecake

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Bolu Api-Api, Avicennia Spongecake

Bolu Api-Api (Avicennia Spongecake)Avicennia-rumphiana-400
Bolu is a type of traditional spongecake.
– 200 grams of prepared Avicennia fruit (see preparation of Avicennia, section 2)
– 4 eggs
– 200 grams of granulated sugar
– 100 grams flour
– 100 grams margarine
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Steam the Avicennia fruits and then pound or blend in a blender. Seperate eggs. Beat egg yolks
together with sugar until well mixed. Beat egg whites seperately until thick. Mix both egg mixtures
together, add flour, blended Avicennia fruit and vanilia. Stir. Add melted margarine or butter. Place
in a greased baking dish and bake at low temperature until done.
Alternate recipe
– 300 grams prepared Avicennia fruit (blended)
– 250 grams granulated sugar
– 250 grams wheat flour
– 7 eggs
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 200 grams of butter or margarine
Mix eggs, sugar and until fluffy (20 minutes).
Melt the butter, Add blended Avicennia fruit
and flour and continue mixing. Add melted
butter/margarine, and vanilla. Mix. Pour mixture
into greased baking dish (22cm x 20 cm)
and bake at 300ºF for about 30 minutes or
until done.


This tree is identified by its furry fruit and furry leaves (underside). The fur on the leaves conserve water by trapping a layer of insulating air and thus reduce water loss through evaporation.

Uses as food: The seeds are boiled and eaten, in some places, they are sold in markets as vegetables. The fragrant flowers produce nectar and are pollinated by insects. Avicennia produces some of the best honey.

Other uses: This fast growing mangrove tree is among the few used in replanting mangroves to protect coastlines (the others are Sonneratia and Rhizophora). It is rarely used to make charcoal and is used as firewood only to smoke fish or rubber.
Roots: pencil-like pneumatophores emerge above ground from long shallow underground roots.
Leaves: Satiny green above, underneath densely furred, yellowish brown.
Flowers: Small, yellow, several together, forming a cross-shaped inflorescence.
Fruits: Woolly flat capsule containing one seed, green to yellowish brown.

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