Abiu is a relatively rare tropical fruit occasionally grown in South Florida. It is native to the Amazonian region of South America but is now distributed throughout the tropics of Latin America and Southeast Asia. It forms a medium-large tree 30-40' tall and wide, with a pyramidal or oval canopy. The secondary and tertiary branches that emerge from the main limbs are generally willow-like (thin and long) and when heavy with fruit, hang downward, giving a handsome weeping effect in the landscape. The small greenish-white flowers are not showy and bloom in late spring to summer. The fruit, which matures around September to October, is oval to round in shape and varies in color from pale yellow to brilliant golden yellow skin, with sweet translucent flesh. The delicious sweet flavor is variously described as tasting like a cross between pineapple and caramel flan. It is either chilled and eaten fresh, or used to flavor ice cream, sorbets and smoothies.
Abiu grows best in hot, humid, tropical climates with well distributed rainfall. Trees may grow well in warm, humid, subtropical areas if protected from constant winds and freezing temperatures. Abiu trees are best adapted to fertile, acid- to slightly alkaline-pH (5.5-7.5), well-drained soils. Trees growing in high-pH, alkaline soils may develop iron deficiency.
Abiu trees should be planted in full sun for best growth and fruit production. Select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines. Remember that the plants can become large if not pruned to contain their size.
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