Common Name: Almirajo
Fruit cut open to show flesh and seeds
Photograph by: A. Gentry
Patinoa almirajo is a tree growing up to 18 metres tall.
The edible fruit is highly esteemed in its native Colombia, but is little known elsewhere[
]. The tree used to be planted as a fruit crop in Colombia and Brazil, but is rarely grown at present[
Northern S. America - Colombia.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
]. The fleshy aril, which completely covers the seeds, is considered a delicacy locally[
]. The cream-coloured flesh has a sweet flavour[
]. The yellow fruit measures up to 25cm long by 10cm wide[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe along with the pulp which will help break down the seed coat and speed up germination[
]. Stored seed should be soaked for 24 hours in warm water and germination time can be reduced if the seed is then mixed with the juice of a fresh passion fruit (of any species)[
]. Even so, it can take 12 months for stored seed to germinate[
]. Place the seed tray in a shady position, maintaining a temperature around 19 - 24°c[
]. Prick the seedlings out into individual containers as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough[
Cuttings of young shoots, taken at the nodes. The cuttings root best in a neutral to slightly acid compost, but 100% sharp sand also produces good results[
Cuttings of fully mature wood taken at a node. They can take 3 months[
Layering. Very easy[
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