Common Name: Ciruela Del Monte
The red fruit is ripe, the others not quite there yet
Photograph by: Theresa
Ciruela Del Monte is a very attractive, evergreen shrub or small tree with attractive flowers and fruit that are borne freely for most of the year[
]. It usually grows from 2 - 10 metres tall[
The edible fruit is harvested from the wild for local use. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental plant in warm temperate to tropical areas[
S. America - Colombia, Venezuela.
An understorey tree in dry and moist limestone forests near the coast, dry rocky open lowland[
Older plants are tolerant of light frosts and can succeed in warm temperate to tropical areas[
]. Grows in areas with a distinct dry season and also in moister areas[
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
Plants sometimes escape from cultivation and become established in the wild[
Fruit - raw. It has a sticky, dense, sweet, pleasant-tasting pulp[
]. About the size of a quail egg, the reddish-orange fruit is not very juicy but has concentrated sugars like a dried fig or an American persimmon[
]. Some people have compared the fruit to a cooked sweet potato, whilst it is also sometimes called the peanut butter fruit because its texture, but not its taste, is similar to peanut butter[
]. The broadly ovoid fruit is about 23mm in diameter[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood.
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