• Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
  • Combava powder - Madagascar
Combava powder - Madagascar

Combava powder - Madagascar


The citrus star of Creole and Asian cuisine, still too little known in Europe and which deserves to find its place in your kitchen. In savoury or sweet combinations, Combava will be the fireworks that will put all the taste buds in tune.

Pairings in the kitchen: Chocolate desserts, fruit salad, white meat, fish, arranged rum.

Dosage: Use sparingly

Packaging : 25g fresh sachet.

Origin - Plantations : Madagascar

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Chocolate desserts, fruit salad, white meats, fish, arranged rum.


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The combava (Mauritius Papeda) is also known as combawa. It is a citrus fruit with an appearance similar to bergamot and lime, with a bumpy rind and a diameter between 4 and 6 mm. This fruit, which originates from Sumbawa Island (an Indonesian island east of Bali in the Moluccan Sea), grows on a tree with small leaves and thorny branches bearing the same name.

Combawa is the name of the tree and its fruit. The tree is a thorn with a lumpy bark. It is a wild plant that is now cultivated. The fruit, like the leaves of the combava, is rich in essential oil with a scent similar to that of lemongrass.

On the taste side, combava has a slightly more acidic flavour than lime. You can eat its leaves and zest. As for the combava flesh, it is little used. However, it can be used to bring a touch of acidity to dishes.

Did you know that? Combava : A star condiment in Creole and Asian cuisine, combava was a citrus fruit that was still unknown in Europe a decade ago. Since then, great greats like the Briton, Jamie Oliver, have started to work on it and to introduce it to the general public.

The combava harvest

The combava is a citrus fruit cultivated in Southeast Asia (Thailand, India...), but also on the island of Reunion and Madagascar. The harvest period is in March and April, when the fruit still has a dark green colour.

David Vanille's choice: I wanted to introduce you to the tangy and bitter taste of the combava from Madagascar. Still too little used, it nevertheless brings a contemporary touch to our traditional recipes. This combava powder will seduce you with its intense taste.


The different varieties of small lemons

The combava is one of the little lemons less known than the yellow lemon. It belongs to the rutaceae family as well as the rutaceae family:

- · Lime (lime): A lemon native to Asia, fruit of the lime tree. There are two varieties: the small ones of Mexican and Caribbean origin and the big ones called Tahiti, Persian Lime or Bears.

Yuzu: a Japanese lemon with a delicate scent

- · The kalamansi: a small sour lime

- · The limequat: a cross between lime and kumquat

- · The bergamot: a citrus fruit resulting from a hybrid form between the lemon tree and the bitter orange tree

The origins of Combava

Combava is an Indonesian citrus fruit. Its name was given to it by Western sailors, in reference to the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, east of Bali in the Moluccan archipelago. It was in the 18th century that Pierre Poivre, the great French botanist, introduced it to Mauritius before having it integrated into the Botanical Garden of Montpellier. We also find it in 1924, under its former English name "Kaffir lime". This name, considered inappropriate - it means "lemon of the miscreant" - is now unusual.

Did you know that? In 1824, a Swiss botanist, Auguste Pyrame de Candolle, gave the combava its vernacular name: Mauritius papeda.

Other uses of combava

The combava has therapeutic virtues. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat lung and stomach ailments.

- · The other benefits of combawa are:

- · High vitamin C content

- · Strong antioxidant capacity

- · An action on the reduction of the hepatotoxicity of paracetamol

- · Tonic virtues

- · A sedative effect to reduce stress, insomnia and chronic fatigue.

How to use combava in cooking?

Combava can be eaten fresh as a citrus fruit or in powder form. Fresh, the leaves, peel and, more rarely, the flesh are eaten.

I propose you to discover the zest of this citrus fruit in the form of a pastel yellow combava powder, which will allow you a precise dosage when you integrate it into your preparations.

Do not rely on the sweetness evoked by the colour of this powder, because its organoleptic power will seize you as soon as you open the fresh sachet.

The first aromatic evocation you will receive when you smell the Combava powder will certainly be that of lemongrass with a rather sweet herbaceous freshness.

In the mouth, you will find notes of lemongrass as well as new sensations such as this bitterness strongly reminiscent of the flavours of yuzu combined with those of ginger and coriander.

Combava is used almost daily in Asian and Creole cuisine in order to balance dishes with very spicy flavours. But one must be very careful with the dosage of this condiment so that its rich aromas do not extinguish those of the ingredients it is intended to enhance.

Discover the different ways to use this powdered citrus fruit that will certainly not leave you indifferent.

Our recipe ideas with Combava

A star condiment from the Indian Ocean, combava allows us to revisit our traditional cuisine. It is used in particular for :

  1. Season meats, fish and shellfish: Creole carrys, samoussas, Réunionese charcuterie, sweet and sour sauce... The combava will enhance your white meats, chard, turnips or pigeon Anne-Sophie Pic style.
  2. Energize vegetables and starchy foods: summer salad, feta bean salad, pan-fried vegetables, soups... Ideally, you will not associate it with aromatic herbs or vegetable spices.
  3. Sublimate your desserts: fruit salad, chocolate fondant, pound cake... Combava brings a tangy touch to your classic desserts, such as the apple and rhubarb soufflé of Chef Arnaud Donckele.

The starter: Tomatoes with combava powder

This side salad can also be enjoyed as a light and tasty cold starter. Cut tomatoes. You can choose old varieties or kumato tomatoes. Slice an onion and 1 small red pepper. Season with salt and add ¼ with a teaspoon of combava powder and a little garlic powder. Serve chilled with warm country bread or Turkish bread.

The dish: Risotto with shrimps and coconut milk with combava

In this Creole-flavoured risotto, combava powder adds a tangy note that goes perfectly with coconut. Make a very creamy risotto to which you have added 25 cl of coconut milk. Cook your prawns on a grill and add a little garlic. Add half a spoonful of combava powder at the end of cooking your risotto. Serve hot with a good dry white wine.

Dessert: Strawberry waffles and combava

And here is a fruity dessert to which the combava brings a certain modernity. Make waffles and let them cool. Add a little whipped cream and quartered strawberries and sprinkle with a little sugar and combava powder.

How to store combava powder?

Combava powder is a flavouring that can be stored away from light and in a dry place. Store it in an airtight jar so that it retains all its flavour for a long time.

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Christelle L. published the 10/04/2021 following an order made on 14/03/2021


Je connais l'agrume, mais je ne savais pas qu'il existait en poudre. Après un essai, quand on n'a pas du frais, il donne l'illusion parfaitement.

Christelle C. published the 06/04/2021 following an order made on 12/03/2021


très bien

Maeva C. published the 25/03/2021 following an order made on 17/03/2021


Épice quon ne trouve pas partout plus qu'à testé ceci mal l'air pas mal

Claudine R. published the 25/03/2021 following an order made on 13/03/2021


je connais bien le combava frais de la Réunion, en poudre cela est une découverte et je ne suis pas déçu, il faut juste en mettre un peu plus que pour le combava frais, je recommande ce produit

François Jean B. published the 12/03/2021 following an order made on 03/03/2021


Pas encore utilisé, très bonne odeur

Thérèse R. published the 06/03/2021 following an order made on 25/02/2021


Pas encore utilisé mais je suis persuadé que cette poudre sera parfaite comme tout les produits commandé je ne suis jamais déçue ,très professionnel, je recommande

Aya Q. published the 01/03/2021 following an order made on 17/02/2021


J'ai aimé l'odeur raffiné en même prononcé. J'ai fait une pâtisserie avec et c'était délicieux.

PHILIPPE C. published the 18/02/2021 following an order made on 07/02/2021


très bien

Graziella H. published the 17/02/2021 following an order made on 08/02/2021



Jean-pierre C. published the 11/02/2021 following an order made on 03/02/2021


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