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© 2010 Stephen Gray
Min 4°C 40°F
'I came across a fruit
on a farm in Minas Gerais, Brazil (Boa Esperança,
Furnas, Formiga, Minas Gerais) and planted it in my garden that same
thinking it was P.alata.
The fruit is more round than ovoid and doesn't go the deep orange of
The flavour of the fruit is better than alata... it's richer and, while
very sweet, more acid, too... but the scent is the same.There are never
more than two pairs of petiole glands. The petiole glands on mature
leaves have a yellowness to them (variable).
The biggest leaves are 16cm x 20cm (just the flat surface: the petiole
about 10cm to the 20cm dimension) The flowers are about 12cm in diameter
That ripe orange fruit is 8cm wide, 9cm long and has a circumference of
26cm... that's the biggest of this crop. Most fruits are 22cm to 24cm in
circumference when ripe.'
it is thought that this is P. alata but demonstates the variation within