Family : Balanitaceae
Vernacular/common names: desert date, soapberry tree, thorn tree, Jerico balsam, simple-thorned
torchwood (Eng.); heglig (Arabic); corona di Jesus (Sp.).
Description : It is a small tree grown since early antiquity in Egypt. It can reach heights of 10 m.
Fruits : Its fruit are yellow drupes containing a brown sticky pulp.
Uses : The pulp is sugary and can be consumed raw, fresh or dried. It is used in the production of a
highly appreciated juice and also in making an alcohol drink.
Germination : When ready to plant, soak the fruit overnight in lukewarm water until the pulp can be
removed and the pit extracted. Growth is relatively slow.
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