Crescentia aculeata Kunth
Crescentia edulis Moç. ex DC.
Parmentiera edulis DC.
Common Name: Cow Okra
Parmentiera aculeata is a small, occasionally rather large, evergreen tree usually growing about 10 metres tall.
The plant is frequently cultivated as shade tree around dwellings in the tropics or for its sweet edible fruits[
]. It is especially cultivated in Mexico for its many uses[
Central America - Mexico to Honduras.
Moist or dry thickets or lowland forest, often along rocky watercourses, chiefly at elevations around 1,200 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of lowland to moderate elevations in the tropics, growing in areas with medium to high rainfall[
Prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
Plants do not flower until they are quite large[
]. Seedling trees can commence fruiting when 3 - 5 years old[
Plants can flower all year round[
Fruit - raw or cooked or preserved[
]. The yellow, banana-shaped fruits are quite sweet[
]. A fleshy, very fibrous pulp with a sweet flavour[
]. The flavour is said to resemble sugar cane[
]. The curved fruit is about 17cm long and 3cm wide[
All parts of the plant are used medicinally - the roots, branches, leaves, bark, flowers and fruits[
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