Mirindiba Fruit Plant (Buchenavia tomentosa)
Common Name: Mirindiba
Botanical Name: Buchenavia tomentosa
General Information: Mirindiba, scientifically known as Buchenavia tomentosa, is a semideciduous tree characterized by a large, dense crown, reaching a height of 5 to 12 meters. This tree is native to South America, specifically found in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. The short bole of Mirindiba can have a diameter ranging from 30 to 50cm.
The tree is commonly harvested from the wild for local use as a food source and as a wood resource. Mirindiba exhibits excellent fruit production, attracting large fauna and birds. The fruit has an exotic flavor, presenting a mixture of sweetness with a hint of sourness and acidity. While it is primarily consumed in its natural state, the fruit can also be utilized to make juice.
Edible and Other Uses: The fruit of Mirindiba is consumed raw, featuring a sweetish, fleshy pulp. The greenish-yellow, globose drupe is approximately 3cm in diameter and contains a single seed. The wood of Mirindiba is medium-textured, cross-grained, and heavy, making it suitable for various construction purposes and fuel.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 3 to 5 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate