A tree of pinecone
Synonyms: Annona sylvatica
Other names: Araticu Do Mato, Embira
Pine cone is a fruit from Brazil. It grows there in coastal areas but in mountainous regions at relatively higher altitudes. As the shape fruit resembles somewhat that of a pinecone, so the English writers have named it pinecone.
Fruit bearing on a pinecone tree
This fruit is rarely cultivated.
A medium- sized evergreen tree, 6-8 m tall.
Leaves elliptical or oblong, shortly acuminate, acute, or obtuse at the apex, acutish at the base, above puberulous when young, at length glabrous, beneath softly tomentose; petiole, midrib, and veins clothed with ferrugineous hairs, the remainder of the lowersurface with white hairs: peduncles solitary or in pairs, clothed with ferrugineous tomentum.
Flowers exra axillary, solitary or in groups of 2-3, corolla- wings suborbicular.
A flower of pinecone
Fruit globose, solitary, the size of a small apple, pubescent, with the component carpels forming prominent pentagonal areoles; pulp edible, somewhat like that of the cherimoya.
Pine cone fruits have a sweet pulp. These are eaten out of hand. However, the fruits are not very popular due to presence of too many seeds which reduce the edible portion.
A fruit of pinecone ready to pick
Pine cone is a wild growing fruit and is rarely planted. New plants of this fruit tree can, however, be raised from seed.