Normally 4-6' high and wide, but can reach 9' high and wide.
Four white petals, many long white stamens with yellow tips, fragrant.
Spring and summer for six months or more.
Sometimes. A second plant is recommended.
Years before fruiting:
2-3. Flowers that appear the first year of flowering often do not set fruit.
Aromatic, yellow to yellow-orange when ripe, oval to round, ribbed, 2-3" long, persistent
small apical sepals. The flesh is juicy with a sweet-sour taste and nutritious. The flavor has
been compared to Passionfruit plus a bit of latex, and even mango. The amount of latex in the ripe fruit
varies from plant to plant. Not everyone will like the flavor.
Each fruit contains one oval, light brown seed which separates easily.
Months for fruit to ripen:
3-4 weeks. The fruit may drop off the plant when fully ripe. It can
be harvested when partially yellow and will finish ripening indoors.
Storage after harvest:
Very perishable. Eaten raw when ripe, cooked for jams and jellies, or used
to flavor ice cream.
Old leaves are dark green on top, light green underneath, oval with a slight pointed tip,
and thick. New leaves are yellow-green.
No thorns. Older bark on trunk is rough and comes off in plates.
New seedlings develop a strong taproot.
Cultivars of Note:
Varieties growing elongated fruit are said to have less latex in the ripe fruit than
those growing round fruit. There are no cultivar names yet.
Attracts bees, birds, mammals.
Toxic / Danger:
Unripe fruit is mildly poisonous.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.