A surprising look at the plants around us and how they've influenced our world.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The cannonball fruit
Crescentia cujete fruit (Calabash tree)
The Calabash tree is found in tropical jungles of Central and South America. This tree produces a huge fruit that resembles (and weighs like) a cannonball. When fresh, the fruit is eaten. When dried and smoked, the fruit covering is used by native peoples as a container for food and liquids, as a cup, as a ladle, and even as a musical instrument (called the maraca). The fruit seeds contain an oil that's used as a medicine against colds.