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.
See our video about Candle Tree.