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Crescentia (calabash tree, huingo, krabasi, or kalebas) is a genus of six species[1] of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to southern North America, the Caribbean, Central America and northern South America. The species are small trees growing to 10 m (35 ft) tall, and producing large spherical fruits, with a thin, hard shell and soft pulp,[2] up to 25 cm (10 in) in diameter.[3]

Uses

The fruit pulp is used medicinally for respiratory problems.[4] The hard shell can be used for containers, scoops, cups etc.[2]

Written on June 18th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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