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Amazon fruit tree chewing gum?

Posted by ecuacnd (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 14, 10 at 16:06

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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RE: Amazon fruit tree chewing gum?

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

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