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Crescentia alata, Parmentiera alata , Gourd tree, Jicaro, Morrito. Calabash Tree

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Crescentia alata, Parmentiera alata

Gourd tree, Jicaro, Morrito. Calabash Tree
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Mexico, Central and South America
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterUnusual colorEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is a small tree growing to 8 m tall. It has hard, cannonball-like fruit 7-10 cm diameter, that are difficult to break into. The seeds are edible and high in protein with a licorice-like sweet taste. Flowering is nocturnal and occurs on the branches and trunk throughout most of the year.

Crescentia alata is similar to Crescentia cujete

except that both fruits and flowers are smaller.

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