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Genip

Genipa americana

a.k.a. Genipapo, Jagua

A brown, woody like fruit with clear pulp that has an acidic flavor that is likened in flavor to dried apples. Fruits are only consumed raw when they are overripe.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Genip. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in March 2014.

Description

A large tree growing to 60-100 feet tall. Flowers are white to yellow in color, tubular, five-petaled and are mildly fragrant. Fruits can be up to 6" long and are hard shelled until ripe.

Hardiness

A tropical tree, not frost or freeze hardy. Will survive only very short cold spells below 40F.

Growing Environment

Grows well in humid, warm areas. Grows in well drained soil with regular watering.

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Fruits are eaten fresh and used in beverages, liqueurs and desserts. The juice of the immature fruit, while clear, turns black-blue when in contact with skin. It was once used as a temporary tattoo agent.

Native Range

Native through much of Southern Mexico, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

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