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Elephant Monkey Ear Pod Tree Enterolobium Cyclocarpum Seeds
Packet of 10+ Seeds!
I got these seeds in barter with a friend of mineand I have been getting a 100% success rate using the HWT method. The skin on the seeds kinda goes gluey and gelatinous, and when rubbed it just sloths off. I thought I had boiled them to death for sure!
EDIT* Many years later, different friend, new batch of seeds, same near 100% germination rate.
Turns out it doesn’t matter, was totally normal, and they all came up fine.
50seeds got me 50seedlings. They can be scarified instead and have reliable germination for 10 or so years, but without scarification or the Acacia HWT method, they will just sit dormant pretty much forever.
The national tree of Costa Rica it is called Guanacaste, caro caro, elephant ear, monkey pod, devil’s ear, earpod tree, lizard tree, parota, orejon, huanacaxtle, conacaste, pich, peach, Albizia longipes, Enterolobium cyclocarpa, Feuilleea cyclocarpa, Inga cyclocarpa, Mimosa cyclocarpa, Mimosa parota, Pithecellobium cyclocarpum and Prosopis dubia.
This is not the relative Enterolobium contortisiliquum, which may or may not be edible, and is often sold as this fella by mistake.
Why did I want it?
I read about these guys ages ago, and the novelty was the main thing that grabbed my attention initially.
Native to Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guiana, Brazil(where these are from) and introduced to many parts of the USA and the tropics, both as a street tree and a food crop.
After I did a bit of reading, I just kept finding positives.
No thorns or spikes, and an edible seed with 35-41% protein. That’s more than most grain crops.
Ease of harvest and massive yields.
Trees produce ~2000 pods a season with ten to twenty seeds in each and a weight of ~1tonne per tree, per year!
The pods are full of and edible sweet sticky pith which protects the seeds themselves.
Super drought tolerant after the seedling stage, which is a big plus in my books.
Nice shade tree with a jacaranda look to the foliage.
A great nursery tree to lower temperatures and protect crops like coffee that really struggle in full Queensland sun.
The flowers are said to fill the around with an awesome scent for a huge area around them. The leaves are a great cattle fodder, and are planted extensively to provide both shade and food.
The pods are loaded with sapanoids and can be used as a soap substitute. The wood is easy to work and is rot and waterproof.
Used traditionally to make canoes due to its density and longevity.
Bark extractions have medicinal applications and are used for the treatment of cold flu and fever among other things.
Not bad hey, see how they go anyway.
Sustainably wild-harvested by a friend of mine in Brazil.