Frantzia tacaco (Pittier) Wunderlin
Polakowskia tacaco Pittier
Common Name: Tacaco
Tacaco is a perennial climbing plant, producing stems 2 - 6 metres long from a fleshy rootstock and attaching itself to other plants for support by means of tendrils. The stems spread on the ground or on low bushes or supports[
The plant is cultivated and semi-cultivated in Costa Rica for use as a vegetable, often being sold in local markets[
Central America - Costa Rica.
Fresh, shady places and cultivated fields[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Semi-cultivated, Wild
Immature green fruit - boiled and used as a vegetable[
]. After taking away the basal spines the fruits are boiled in water, either whole or cut into small pieces[
]. They are also pickled, or made into preserves[
]. They are also a favourite addition to the native vegetable soups[
]. The green fruits are 4 - 6cm long and 1.5 - 2.5cm wide.
Seed - traditionally, the seed is sown by setting a whole mature fruit in a rich, loose leaf mould with the spiny end up and almost showing at the surface[
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