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Tejocote

Crataegus mexicana

Description:

This time of the year all the tejocote trees are blooming with hundreds of white flowers, in pic #3 all the white spots are flowers. The fruit is sweet and looks like small apples.

Habitat:

In an oak forest

Notes:

The fruit is eaten in Mexico cooked, raw, or canned. It resembles a crabapple, but it has three or sometimes more brown hard stones in the center. It is a main ingredient used in ponche, the traditional Mexican hot fruit punch that is served at Christmas time and on New Year's Eve. On Day of the Dead tejocote fruit as well as candy prepared from them are used as offerings to the dead, and rosaries made of the fruit are part of altar decorations.

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2 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

I think I spotted something in North Carolina. Will upload later after ID'ing it to see if it is the same.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 10 years ago

I added a new pic

LuisStevens
Spotted by
LuisStevens

San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 22, 2012

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