Practically the national fruit of Mexico, but unknown in El Norte, this hawthorn species has been a staple of Mexican winter cuisine for centuries. From the Day of the Dead to the night of the Three Kings, tejocote provides the essential flavoring in every ponche prepared in the central plateau of Mexico, where it is native. Difficult to describe the intense, tart, aromatic flavor, akin to quince but very different, tejocote is treasured up and used in small quantities as a flavoring, never as a dessert fruit. Fruits are orange-yellow, rough skinned; flesh orange, rather dry. Variable in size, it exists in selected cultivars, such as 'Castenada' offered here. The image shows 'Castenada' of normal size in front of fruits of inferior wildlings, for comparison. Self fertile. November. On Hawthorn.
Available only to addresses in San Francisco Bay Area, in 5 gallon nursery containers, delivered.