Monday, 23 April 2012

Diospyros blancoi

Diospyros blancoi, or also known Butter Fruit, Velvet Persimmon, Mabola and Velvet Apple, originated Philippines. It belongs to the plant family of Ebenaceae.

An evergreen tree that grows up to 35 metres with black and furrowed trunk; it has dark-green leaves that are smooth on the upper surface and hairy underneath. New leaves are showy, pale-green or pink and silky-hairy. Male and female flowers are produced on separate trees as Diospyros blancoi is a dioecious plant species. Its creamy white and fragrant inflorescence has four petals each, in clusters of 0.5 cm in diameter flowers for male and 1 cm in diameter for female. Fruiting occurs two to four months after flowering, each of 5-10 cm wide with velvety and brownish-orange skin which emanates a cheese-like odor.

The fruit’s flesh is used in meat dishes and desserts (jellies and salads etc.). The bark is utilized for handicrafts and furniture, especially for carvings. The tree is also cultivated for beliefs in its medicinal properties; its leaves and bark treat coughs, fevers, diarrhea, skin ailments, heart problems and wounds. Its fruit is a good source of vitamins A, C, and minerals.

Look out for them at the Canoe Shed.


 (Diospyros blancoi found near the canoe shed)

(brownish-orange skin fruit)

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