A small tree with spreading leaf-covered branches and large green oval fruits, which when ripe have hard dry walls. It is a native of the West Indies. The inside pulp is useless, except as an abortive in cattle. You may cut the fruit in half when green, hollow out with a spoon and scratch designs in the soft green skin. When dry, these designs will contrast well and be permanent. The fruits make bailers and maracas shak-shaks. The plant was also used for skin diseases.

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Special thanks to the late Desmond Nicholson of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda and Peter Duce for making this section of Antigua Nice Ltd possible!


Calabash -Antigua Flora

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