Agallostachys fastuosa (Lindl.) Beer
Agallostachys pinguin (L.) Beer
Ananas pinguin (L.) Gaertn.
Bromelia fastuosa Lindl.
Bromelia ignea Beer
Bromelia sepiaria Schult. & Schult.f.
Karatas pinguin (L.) Mill.
Common Name: Pinuela
Pinuela is a stemless, perennial plant growing 1 metre tall with a rosette of leaves up to 2 metres long growing from the base[
].It often produces dense colonies, spreading by means of underground stolons[
The plant is harvested from the wild and is also much grown in parts of central America for food and as a hedge plant[
]. The fruits are sold in local markets[
Northern South America - Venezuela north to Central America and the West Indies.
Common and widely distributed in the lowlands of Guatemala, forming wide and dense thickets on the
]. Rocky hills in the West Indies[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Succeeds in poorer soils[
The fruits are edible but very acid[
]. The fruit is intensely sour and acrid, it is sometimes used for making vinegar[
]. It makes an excellent, refreshing drink[
The young shoots at the base of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked[
]. They are much used as food in all the dryer regions of Guatemala[
]. They can be had when ordinary vegetables are scarce or unobtainable, as at the end of the dry season[
The inflorescence is fried and eaten[
Much planted for hedges and fences in central America and the West Indies[
A fibre obtained from the leaves has been used locally for cordage, ropes etc[
]. Rather weak[
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