BABACO ‘Carica Pentagona’


POT: Ø CM 18/ LT: 3,7 – H. 60/70 cm


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The babaco (Carica × pentagona) is a natural hybrid between two species of shrubs similar to the papaya (Carica papaya), Carica pubescens (syn. Vasconcellea curdinamarcensis) and Carica stipulata (syn. Vasconcellea stipulata), of the Caricaceae family. The babaco plant, native to the montane rainforest of the low Andes in Ecuador and Colombia, bears relatively low temperatures better than papaya, even slightly above zero. It has therefore been successfully cultivated in countries such as New Zealand, Guernsey, the United Kingdom and also, with particular precautions, in Italy (and even in the Channel Islands).

The fruit, appreciated for human consumption, resembles a white melon overall, but has a typically pentagonal section (a bit like peppers), hence the scientific name. When ripe, it has a yellow color streaked with green and a flavor reminiscent of pineapple and orange; it can reach the weight of 2 kg. The skin is thin and the seeds are completely missing.

the fruit of the Babaco has a very high concentration of – vitamin C, and it seems that two slices satisfy the daily requirement of an individual – Vitamin A which has great antioxidant and immune system stimulating power – potassium, which helps to rebalance the presence of fluids in the cardiovascular system. It also has a low calorie content (21 kcal per 100gr.).

It is a fruit tree that in order to develop, produce flowers and fruits requires a sunny exposure, a humid and rainy climate with temperatures between 6 and 30 ° C even if unlike Papaya it tolerates well those close to the 0 °. It absolutely does not tolerate frosts and strong winds.


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Weight 7 kg


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