Common Name: Borojo
Borojo is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree growing 3 - 17 metres tall[
The fruit is much prized in parts of S. America, where it is often harvested from the wild and sold for high prices in local markets[
]. The plant is sometimes cultivated by the indigenous people to make juice from the fruits and for medicinal purposes[
]. The plant has recently come to the attention of people outside the rainforest, and the fruit is currently (2010) being sold through a number of Internet sites as a health-promoting drink[
Northwestern S. America - Colombia and Brazil, north through Central America to Nicaragua.
Lowland rainforests, usually at elevations up to 700 metres but occasionally to 1,200 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of warm tropical lowlands usually at elevations up to 700 metres, but sometimes to 1,200 metres[
]. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures fall within the range 20 - 28°c, though it can tolerate 15 - 32°c[
]. Temperatures in its native region may reach up to an absolute maximum of 41°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 3,000 - 6,000mm, tolerating 2,500 - 9,000mm[
]. It thrives with high air humidity average up to almost 90%[
Succeeds in heavy soils[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 4.5 - 6.5, tolerating 4 - 7[
The fruit takes more than one year to ripen after flowering.
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - eaten raw or made into jellies, preserves, sauces, ice cream etc[
]. A sweet, aromatic flavour with some bitterness[
]. The green to brown fruit is 7 - 12 cm in diameter with a brown pulp that is very acid and dense[
The fruit pulp is used to prepare juice (jugo del amor), compotes, marmalades, candies and wine[
The fruit is prized for its tonic and cure-all qualities[
]. It is famous in western Colombia for its supposed aphrodisiac properties[
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