Characteristics of Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete) in the Wild
Published by Admin on 08/24/2020 In category Fruit Tree
Calabash is a species of flowering tree that grows in Africa, Central America, South America, West Indies, and South Florida. Currently, the calabash tree spreads to almost all tropical regions of the world including Mexico, Peru, Hawaii, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, and India.
Calabash fruit is very poisonous and should not be consumed, however, the hard skin of the fruit is often used for various uses such as cups, bowls, scoops, etc. In Hawaii, the leather for calabash is carved to make a souvenir complete with interesting knick-knacks.
There are many local names for this fruit tree, including Cuité (Brazil), Calabacero (Spain), Totumo (Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru), Tutumo (Bolivia and Paraguay), Taparo (Venezuela), Mate (Ecuador), Cuyabra (Colombia), Jícaro (Mexico and Nicaragua), Miracle Fruit (Philippines), Đào Tiên (Vietnam), Rum tree (Sri Lanka), and La’amia (Hawaii).
Characteristics of Calabash Leaf
The leaves are compound, arranged in pinnate, oval with a tapered tip, about 10-15 cm long, and short-stemmed.
Characteristics of Calabash Flower
The flowers are single, appearing from branches or twigs.