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Breadnut

Brosimum alicastrum

a.k.a. Mayan Breadnut, Snakewood

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

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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.

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