Scientific name: Pachira glabra
Origin: native to Brazil, grown throughout the tropics.
Location on property: Between cozy Nook and Ulu Hideaway, across from Garden R.
As food: the seeds of the plant are what is edible. Simply, wait for the pod to fall of the tree and burst open then gather the seeds from inside. The seeds can be raw, sauteed, boiled, roasted, or fried. If cooking allow to soak in water overnight so it will be easy to peel brown outer layer off. If consumed when unripe they will be bitter and not palatable.
- Drought and flood resistant
- Can take four to five years to fruit
- Full sun or partial shade
- Propagate from seeds, cuttings or air layers
- Very adaptable, generally grows along bodies of water
- Harvest after pods have fallen on ground and split open
Do not plant near lodging as it fruits and will attract pests.