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Three whole green and orange Spondias purpurea fruit and one halved exposing the yellow pulp
spondias purpurea
Spondias purpurea

A tropical fruit tree indigenous to Mexico through northern Peru and Brazil. It is historically an ancient crop of the Mayas in Yucatán, now cultivated in various tropical regions for its edible fruit. This species flourishes in the seasonally dry tropical biome The fruit is called ciruela which is also the name used for plums. It is common for different things in Colombia to share the same name which can be confusing. The sweet (when orange) and tasty fruit is eaten whole except for the large seed which takes up the majority of the fruit. It is sold on the streets and outdoor markets and is harvested from March to May in northern Colombia. The fruit is often sold green, but taste best when orange. Many pueblos will have festivals for particular fruits cultivated nearby. In mid-March the small pueblo of Campeche near Barranquilla will have a small festival. Photographed in the department of Atlantico, Colombia.

A narrow wooden bowl full of orange Spondias purpurea fruit
A orange Spondias purpurea fruit on the tree
A cluster of small red Spondias purpurea flowers
Fallen red Spondias purpurea fruit scattered on the ground
A Spondias purpurea branch with clusters of red flowers
A narrow wooden bowl full of orange and green Spondias purpurea fruit
A narrow wooden bowl full of orange and green Spondias purpurea fruit
A table displaying Spondias purpurea wine, cakes and marmalade
A table displaying Spondias purpurea cakes and juice

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