What kind of tree is this?

JoAnn_FlaNovember 19, 2012

My brother is in the Dominican Republic right now and posted this photo. He says whatever these things are are as big as watermelons.

Have you ever seen anything like this?

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donna_loomis

A Calabash tree?

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:01PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Post this on the name that plant forum they are awesome.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:10PM
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donna_loomis

And I'm not? You've hurt my feelings, LOL.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:17PM
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adellabedella_usa

I think it may be a guava tree.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:21PM
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JoAnn_Fla

Your Right Donna

Here is a link that might be useful: calabash tree

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 6:45PM
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pudgeder

I too, think it's a Calabash tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Google link Calabash tree

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 6:46PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Lol no sorry I didn't mean that, I meant they may not know about the name that plant forum, which is very active, and has helped me out. I didn't have a clue what it is.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 6:54PM
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maire_cate

You mean those green things are real? I thought some one lost all of their balloons. Or perhaps there's a "jumbo-colossal-supersize" olive.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 7:17PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Don't sit under the calabash tree with anyone else, not me!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 8:42PM
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iowagirl2006

Don't sit under the calabash tree...without a helmet! LOL

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 8:48PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

So what is a calabash? It looks like a melon hanging there. Is it edible? It looks like the rind is a hard shell that the locals use for crafts.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 10:11PM
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donna_loomis

Just pulling your chain, Raven.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 10:36PM
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colleenoz

They do look like guavas, adellabedella, but guavas generally do not get to the size of watermelons.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 10:55PM
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minnie_tx

Didn't the great Jimmy Durante sign off all his shows with "GoodNight Mrs. Ccalabash" ?

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 1:10AM
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jannie

Minnie,that's exactly what I thought of, Jimmy Durante!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 9:36AM
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moonie_57

I didn't know those are calabash! We just called them gourds and many of the poor people in Panama used them for a variety of purposes. On the streets, the Panamanians worked them into different kinds of beautiful products such as bowls and vases.

There are so many things from Panama that I grew up with that I don't know the name of. One of my fav fruits was ginups and I have heard that there are ginups in Florida. Anyone ever heard of them? I would love to have some. And the salty chinese plums, too! And ice cream beans! And some real Panamanian empanadas! (I've tried making empanadas. What a disaster!)

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 11:26AM
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JoAnn_Fla

Here is info about the fruit:

Have you ever wondered if the fruit of the Calabash tree is edible? Here�s the interesting answer to your question.

Going back to my obsessed childhood memories, I remember we were quite lucky that my grandparents had a large open piece of land at the back of their house. I remember there were three big Calabash trees, planted some years earlier by my (now deceased) Grandpa. After school, weekends and during summer, we climbed the trees and sat in the branches, enjoying the cool breezes and gazing out over the rooftops and fields, to see what was beyond. My grandmother spent most of my childhood under them telling me to get down and how dangerous it was. We had used to climbed and climbed before dusk until about 6:00 pm, because at night, the pale yellow flowers blooms and emits a strong odor that attracts bats! As long as I remember, we never ate the fruit; but all we drank horchata from the seeds. The fruit flesh is used as medicine, but apart from that it is NOT EDIBLE!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2012 at 3:41PM
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