Carica candicans A.Gray
Carica integrifolia Raimondi
Papaya candicans (A. Gray) Kuntze
Common Name: Mito
Mito is a sparingly branched, deciduous tree growing up to about 8 metres tall with a thick, often sprawling or irregularly growing trunk[
The plant is harvested from the wild and also locally cultivated in the native region for its edible fruits[
S. America - Peru.
Open areas on dry, rocky soils at elevations from sea level to over 2,500 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Fruit - raw, cooked or preserved[
]. They can be roasted or cooked into a stew[
]. The dry, fibrous fruits have a good odour and a pleasant taste[
]. The fruit is cucumber-shaped; blunt at the smaller base and at tip; obscurely 5-angled; 10 - 13cm long x 3 - 4cm wide; the many seeds imbedded in the fleshy pulp[
Seed - sow in individual containers or in a nursery seedbed in light shade. Germination can be slow and difficult, taking about 30 days[
]. Seedlings can be planted out when 4 - 6 months old[
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