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.
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.
A tropical tree, not frost or freeze hardy. Will survive only very short cold spells below 40F.
Grows well in humid, warm areas. Grows in well drained soil with regular watering.
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 through much of Southern Mexico, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
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