Gymnoluma ucuqui (Pires & R.E.Schult.) Baehni
Piresodendron ucuqui (Pires & R.E.Schult.) Aubrév. ex Le Thomas
Pouteria ucuqui is a large evergreen tree with a heavy crown[
]. The bole is unbranched for much of its length and has large buttresses at the base[
The fruit is a favourite food of the local people and is avidly collected from the wild. The tree is usually left standing as a fruit crop when the forest is cleared for cultivation.
S. America - northern Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela.
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|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
The tree has a very short period of flowering, probably less than three days[
Fruit - raw[
]. A delicious flavour when fully ripe[
]. Eaten fresh, or mixed with cassava to produce a porridge[
]. The unripe fruit is full of latex and is extremely sticky[
The Ocoki is a large pear-shaped fruit, with a hard thick outer skin of almost woody texture, then a small quantity of very sweet pulpy matter, and within a large black oval stone[
]. The pulp is very luscious, but is so acrid as to make the mouth and throat sore, if more than two or three are eaten. When, however, the juice is boiled it loses this property; and when made into mingau with tapioca, is exceedingly palatable and very highly esteemed in the Upper Rio Negro, where it is abundant[
The fruit is sometimes used as a vermifuge[
The seeds are used to make toy whistles. All of the interior of the seed (the cotyledons) is removed and a number of holes, over which the fingers are placed, are made[
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