Celtis tala is a small tree that is most commonly found in Central and South America and can reach between 10-20 ft in height. The tree can be used for bonsai, if desired, and simply requires full sun or semi-shade and regular watering. Those living in colder climates can successfully grow Celtis tala in a pot if they provide it with regular water, but ensure they use a pot with good drainage.
The fruits of the Celtis tala are an edible, egg or globe shaped and of a bright yellow or orange color. Though they can be slightly astringent, these fruits have many health benefits and can be used the same way as other fruits. One mature tree can produce up to 20 pounds of these edible fruits in one season and they can be used from making jams to jellies, desserts, liquors and even used for medicinal purposes.
Due to its health benefits, the Celtis tala is highly sought after and has been used for centuries for treating everything from fever to kidney problems. Rich in vitamins and minerals, the Celtis tala fruit contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus, just to name a few. All of which combined make the Celtis tala fruit a delicious, nutritious and healthful snack.