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Trade Winds Fruit


Brosimum alicastrum
a.k.a. Mayan Breadnut, Snakewood  

Medium, yellow/green, rounded fruit with a single round seed.

Description: Very large, rainforest canopy tree. The tree can be weedy in some tropical areas.

Hardiness: The breadnut will survive brief frosts. Can be grown outside in parts of Florida and California.

Growing Environment: Water regularly. Grow in full sun.

Propagation: By seeds.

Uses: When boiled, the seed (nut) is edible. It was an important food crop for the Mayans. The wood is used as timber in construction and furniture. The latex is sometimes mixed with chicle.

Native Range: Native to tropical America.