Common names: Malabar Chestnut, Guiana, Guiana Chestnut, Guyana Chestnut, Provision tree, Saba Nut, Money Tree
Origin: Native of area between southern Mexico to Guyana and northern Brazil
Plant: Requires a frost-free location with some protection from hot, drying winds. Enjoys full-partial sun. Soils need only to be well-drained and trees enjoy consistent and regular watering during dry months.
Harvest: Feb, March, April
Propagation: By seed or cutting
A lovely evergreen tree with greenish bark that generally grows to 2-5 m with a spread of 1.5-2.5 m. Takes 4-5 years before able to harvest nuts.
Flowers are white and curl back from the base to reveal a spectacular cluster of 1-2cm cream-white stamens.
Fruit are ovoid, woody green pod which can reach 2-5cm in length and resemble a kapok or silk floss seed pod. The tightly packed nuts inside enlarge until the pod bursts and fall to the ground. These can be eaten raw or roasted. The raw nuts taste like peanuts and will keep for months in a cool, dry place. Roast nuts with oil and garlic or grind into flour for baking.
Plants available in our nursery
(photos courtesy of Flora and Fauna of tropical Asia & Lush Plants)