Monday, February 27, 2012

Babaco ( Vasconcellea × heilbornii )

Fruit Warehouse | Babaco ( Vasconcellea × heilbornii ) | The babaco is classified as a herbaceous shrub like Carica papaya (pawpaw or papaya) but unlike papaya it Produces only female flowers. The plant can babaco fruits Annually Produce from 30-60, and has an average life span of about eight years. The small plant is better suited as a container specimen than its cousin the papaya, the which needs constant moisture and high temperatures to survive.

The Babaco (Vasconcellea × heilbornii; syn. Carica pentagona), is a hybrid cultivar in the genus Vasconcellea from Ecuador. It is a hybrid Between Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis (syn. Carica pubescens), and Vasconcellea stipulata (syn. Carica stipulata).

It is a small, unbranched or sparsely branched tree reaching 5-8 m tall. The fruit differs from the related papaya (C. papaya) in being narrower, Typically less than 10 cm in diameter. The fruit is pentagonal in shape, therefore giving it the scientific name of Carica pentagona. Like the papaya, the babaco is grown for its edible fruit and for its fruit juice.

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