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Is anyone here using or preserving cannonball tree fruits &/or flowers?
These do grow and fruit well locally in Puna. The flowers are fragrant in a heavy way, as well as large and showy. The fruit is way beyond durian, imho, in terms of putrid and cross-your-eyes-and-shudder foul smelling so I have not worked up the courage to actually try to taste any -yet apparently it is edible (I have found several credible records of people having tasted it, online. Apparently, like durian, if it is in one's mouth then the taste is better than the smell). Once the thick rind is cracked on the fruit and the soft segmented flesh inside is exposed to contact with the air then a ripe fruit will undergo astonishing color changes in just a few minutes, changing from white and pale yellow to chartruse and lime green and blues and purples. Once the oxygen hits it a liquidication appears to happen, pronto. Talk about stench!
Best photo set here:
Along with the purported medicinal properties I wonder if it could be useful as a base for perfume (like whale barf) and so on. Apparently it does not repel pigs, though, since there are records of them eating it.