Plants > Ornamental & Shade Trees > Winged Calabash, Mexican Calabash
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,