From the Manual of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits
by Wilson Popenoe

Minor Annonaceous Fruits

Annona scleroderma Saff.

Posh-te (Annona scleroderma, Safford). - This species, which grows wild in southern Mexico and Guatemala, is scarcely known in cultivation. It is remarkable for its thick, relatively hard shell, which makes it of possible value with regard to the production of annonas suitable for shipping to distant markets.

This is a vigorous tree with large, thick, glabrous, oblong leaves and small cinnamon-brown flowers. The fruit is roundish oblate in form, about 3 inches in diameter, with dull green surface divided into areoles by small ridges, the shell being nearly 1/4 inch thick.

The seeds, which are embedded in the white melting pulp, are about the same size as those of the cherimoya. O. F. Cook 1 says: "The texture of the pulp is perfect, the flavor aromatic and delicious with no unpleasant aftertaste. It is much richer than the soursop, with a suggestion of the flavor of the matasano (Casimiroa edulis). . . . The most fragrant pulp is close to the rind.

The seeds separate from the surrounding pulp more readily than in most annona fruits." The posh-te appears to be adapted to moist tropical regions most probably at elevations of less than 4000 feet.

1 Journal Wash. Acad. Sci., Feb. 19, 1913. 2 Boletim Museu Goeldi, 1904.

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Popenoe, Wilson. "Minor Annonaceous Fruits." Manual of Tropical and Subtropical fruits. p. 193.  1920. Web. 13 Feb. 2016.

Published 13 Feb. 2016 LR
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