Abiu, an Amazonian native with a long history of cultivation, is a fruit-producing tree. It’s easy to grow and has a delicious taste. Inside the fruit, a creamy, custard-like flesh surrounds 1 to 4 seeds. The fruit has a distinctive shape: smooth yellow skin with a round/oval form coming to a point at the distal end.
Abiu is ripe when the fruit reaches a golden color and is slightly soft. Avoid sticky lips by eating fully ripe fruit. Abiu can be picked and left to sit for a few days to ripen further. Then, to eat, simply cut the fruit in half and scoop it out with a spoon.
Sow fresh seeds; sprouting should occur within two months. Trees can bear fruit in as little as four years (trees in Colombia have been known to fruit in 1 year; however, the fruit was tiny). Mature trees can produce 100’s of fruit. Trees in Hawaii can produce fruit multiple times a year. Keep tree trimmed for easier access for harvesting. Abiu is self-compatible, but cross-pollination may yield bigger fruit. For the most part, it’s true to seed.
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