The purple mombin tree is a plant native to Latin America, much appreciated and found in the backyards of the north.

     It has medium sized, but can reach 7 feet tall, and its branches grow near the ground.

     The leaves are composed measuring about 2.5 cm long, with smooth edges and deep green color.

     The flowers are small pink or white produced in panicles at the ends of branches, can be male, female and hermaphrodite.

     Their fruits may be in isolated or forming clusters. The Drupes are green when young. Mature at 2.5 cm and change its color to yellow, orange or red. Have a fine pulp and sweet and a single large and spongy seed.

     The purple mombin can be consumed "in natura" in juice, ice cream and candy.

     In the north, purple mombin tree propagation is by cuttings of 50 cm length and 10 cm in diameter, during the rainy season.

ANACARDIACEAE - Spondias purpurea

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