This native tree has an interesting shape with unique flowers and gourds that grow directly off the its trunk and branches. The seeds and pulp are edible. The Nicaraguans make a special drink from the gourd called horchata "Semilla de Jicaro " that is exported to the US. Hondurans and El Salvadorians produce a similar type of horcatta. This is a good tree for hosting for epiphytes.
hard cannon ball fruit 7–10 cm diameter
Benefits | Desirability
Seeds are edible and high in protein, licorice sweet taste
native, evergreen, fire resistant,