2) In reference to a fruit or vegetable, the drumstick is a bean or pod, often referred to as murunga or muruggai, that grows on a tropical tree known as the Horseradish tree, named for the roots that have a similar spicy flavor of the root vegetable by the same name. Long, thin and stiff in texture, drumstick pods are harvested for the pulp inside the bean pod, which has a texture similar to jelly and a taste like asparagus. The pod is picked when it is young and cooked so the inner succulent pulp and tender seeds can be removed easily to be consumed. As the bean pod matures, the seeds harden and will need to be removed before consuming the pulp. Bean pods that are allowed to mature too long will result in a bitter tasting inner pulp. Drumstick beans are used for making curries, sauces, and gravies or for simply eating the pulp out of hand.