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Jocote - One of my favourite Costa Rican fruits.
Jocote - One of my favourite Costa Rican fruits.

Jocote - One of my favourite Costa Rican fruits.

Scott Oliver - September 2010
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Late August and early September is the time of the year for one of my favourite Costa Rican fruits - the jocote

Many Costa Ricans prefer the green jocotes which are unripe and bitter and they are often eaten with salt and vinegar or lime juice.

I prefer them red and ripe when they are so sweet and juicy ....

Spondias purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae, that is native to tropical regions of the Americas. It is most commonly known as Jocote, which derives from the Nahuatl word xocotl, meaning "fruit." Other common names include Red Mombin, Purple Mombin, Hog Plum, and Sineguela.


It is a small to medium-sized tree up to 25 m tall. The leaves are deciduous in the short dry season, but only fall shortly before the new leaves develop; they are pinnate, with 7-23 leaflets, each leaflet 3-5 cm long and 1.5-2 cm broad. The flowers are small, reddish-purple, produced in large panicles. The fruit is an edible oval drupe, 3-5 cm long and 2-3.5 cm broad, ripening red (occasionally yellow) and containing a single large seed.


Written by Scott Oliver, author of 1. Costa Rica Real Estate Scams & How To Avoid Them, 2. How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa, and 3. Costa Rica's Guide To Making Money Offshore.

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