|Chupa Chupa Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Quararibea cordata|
|Origin||Amazon rainforest vegetation in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru|
|Shapes||Oval, ovoid to elliptic|
The tree is erect and fast growing to 130 or 145 ft high in wild though upto 40 ft have been found in cultivation. It is buttressed and has stiff branches in tiered whorls of five and copious gummy yellow latex. Leaves are alternate, semi-deciduous and long petioled clustered in rosettes near the ends of branches. Leaves are broadly heart shaped and measures 6 to 12 in (15-30 cm) long and nearly as wide. Flowers are yellowish-white or rose-tinted, short stalked, 5-petalled and about 1 inches wide accompanying five conspicuous, protruding stamens and pistil and borne in masses along lesser branches and on the trunk. Fruit is rounded, ovoid or elliptic alongside prominent, rounded knob at apex. Fruit is about 4 to 5 ¾ in (10-14.5 cm) long and to 3 3/16 in (8 cm) wide and weighs 28 oz. (800 g).
- Fruits are consumed flesh or processed in form of juice, nectar and drinks.
- Add the fruits to desserts.