Florida Pond Apple Season

Come check out the ripening pond apple at the ELC.

It's pond apple season! Annona glabra is native to parts of central and most of south Florida, as well as Central and South America, and even western Africa. This tree likes its feet wet and will be found in swampy marsh areas or even in a water garden.

The fruits are edible, but be warned, the seeds are poisonous! The Seminole Indians used this plant as a food source and also as a cleaning product. Even if you aren't willing to try some pond apple jam, the plant is a larval food source for the Giant sphinx (Cocytius antaeus).

Learn more from these great resources:

(1) Natives for your neighborhood

(2) Florida Native Plant Society

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