Kunnaaru grows in a large tree( although in the wiki it says shrub) that has sharp spines. Depending on the area its grown it can grow quite large. In my aunt's house ,where we stayed during our trip to Kulhudhufushi , there was a large kunaaru tree and my husband climbs up the branches on to the roof the house to pick these. But for us and kids we used long sticks and whack the poor tree with it and the fruit falls down on the ground.
|My son and my cousin whacking the kunaaru tree with a stick|
In my home especially on Friday mornings( that is if we have any Kunnaru in the house) or when going on picnics in Kulhudhufushi, kunnaru is mixed up with unripe mangoes and unripe papaya along with chillies and lime juice into rihaakuru, a local fish paste. Its super hot, bound to get you sweating, but still enjoyed even with all the chillies added in. When I say chillies I am not talking green chillies I am talking about the fiery hot scotch bonnet chillies.
Through recent years I have seen various forms of Kunnaaru from overseas, the ones from India and Pakistan are more oval , and the ones I saw in Thailand are larger more green apple like and more sweeter than the local ones. These have now become quite popular in the local shops .