Amazon fruit tree chewing gum?

ecuacndOctober 14, 2010

Hello All,

This is my first visit to this forum and first time posting. My apologies in advance if I make a mistake in etiquette.

I am trying to identify a fruit tree that I came across while visiting my husband's land in the Amazon region or Ecuador. It is a fruit tree with small, yellow fruit about 2-3 cm in size. When peeled, there is a thin layer of latex-like ooze. The fruit is a white spongy pulp. When you eat it, the texture turns into a very soft chewing gum (like HubbaBubba). Surrounding the seed there is a syrup-like liquid that is sweet, with a wonderful flavor. I have two photos, but I'm not sure if there is a way to upload them to the forum. My husband's family calls this fruit "chicle," Spanish for gum.

Thank you for your help,


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chicle sapote is sapodilla but that is not the fruit you are describing (they are like a fine texture brown sugar soaked pear) the latex from the sap was used by natives for chewing gum

there are other fruiting trees in that genus, MANILKARA

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 11:39PM
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