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Matisia (Matisia cordata)
 

Fruit are round with a greenish leathery skin and sweet orange-yellow pulp which is quite high in fibre. Comes from South America.

 

Soil
Characteristics
Deep rich soils with high organic content. Well drained.
Climate Requirements Hot humid areas, vulnerable to wind and cold.

Culture

Young trees need protection from cold wind. Light feeding frequently. Not usually pruned except for removal of diseased wood.
Harvesting Bears in late summer and autumn. Fruit are picked when a pale halo is visible around the stem and soften to ripe in 3 - 4 days.
Length of time
until first crop
Five to six years when grown in favourable conditions
Marketing Notes Fruit have little commercial value although the plant is quite acceptable as an edible garden tree with beautiful flowers.

 

Food Preparation

Pumpkin flavour and a high fibre content make these a novel fruit. They are usually eaten fresh or blended into drinks.

 

 

 

Further information

A Novel Method for Identification and Domestication of Indigenous Useful Plants in Amazonian Ecuador
Published by Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants. The researchers visited the rainforests of eastern Equador and interviewed knowledgeable local people about the useful plants in the region. They found Matisia to be a highly regarded edible plant and already cultivated by tribal societies on a very small scale.

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