Clausa Fruit Plant (Plinia clausa)
Common Name: Anihuayo, Aniguayo, or Chicle guayo
Botanical Name: Plinia clausa
General Information: Clausa is a relatively lesser-known tropical fruit derived from the species Plinia clausa. This tree or bush is native to the wet forests of the Amazon, particularly considered an endemic species of Peru. It has the potential to reach heights ranging from 5 to more than 10 meters and diameters of 15 to more than 30 centimetres.
Usage: The edible fruits of Clausa are not only gathered from the wild but are also cultivated in home gardens for their nutritional benefits. The fruit has a yellow-orange skin, offering a very pleasant aroma and taste. It is commonly consumed directly as a fresh fruit. Additionally, Clausa can be used in various processed forms such as jams, jellies, liquor, or wine.
Nutritional Content: Rich in proteins, low in carbohydrates, and high in essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, Clausa is a nutritious fruit. It is particularly notable for its high vitamin C content, contributing to its overall health benefits.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 4 to 6 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate