Carica palandensis (V.M.Badillo, Van den Eynden & Van Damme)
Vasconcellea palandensis is an erect, evergreen tree growing up to 6 metres tall. The bole can be 5 - 10cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local consumption.
S. America - Ecuador.
Humid, premontane forest at elevations from 1790 - 1,850 metres[
Fruit - raw. The sweet pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten by putting the whole mass of seeds and pulp into the mouth, sucking and then spitting the seeds out. The seeds and pulp can also be mixed with water and sugar, stirred and then strained to make a fruity drink. The yellow-orange, subglobose fruit is up to 85mm in diameter[
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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