Delicate and requires careful attention when young. Requires pruning and thinning of excess fruit at an early stage due to fast growth rate. Crops are harvested from grafted varieties when they are 2- 3 years old.
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Tree Benefits and Uses
Fruits are extremely perishable so they must be consumed locally and are eaten fresh, mixed with other fruits in salads, processed into drinks, stewed, pickled, or used for chutney and jam, and the fruit flavor is enhanced by peeling off the ‘wing’ edges, removing most of the oxalic acid. The fruit is a good source of Vitamin C and used as a laxative and in traditional medicine for skin disorders and fevers. Used medicinally to lower blood pressure. With its delicate, light green foliage, small pink flowers, and prolific golden-yellow fruits, it is popular as an ornamental plant.
Birds forage in the tree as fruit and flowers attract insects.