Panama Candle Fruit
The Panama Candle Tree, (parmenthiera cereifera), grows18 inch fruits that are long and skinny, like candles. The fruits grow of their tree trunks and limbs. The tree produces 3 inch white flowers. The leaves of the tree are small, spineless leaflets that are oval and approximately 2 inches long. Originally from Mexico, they are grown all over Central and South America.
The candle fruit is a low quality fruit. It tastes like sugar cane. Some species are very sweet, some are not. It is a laxative. It is usually stewed and eaten. These are primarily grown for ornamental reasons.
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Cite me: Denlinger, J. (2014, April 25). Panama candle. retrieved from: TheFloridaChef.net