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June 2003. An unusual plant was found in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia; it was thought to be Crataeva speciosa. Is this correct? In Chuuk it is called Apuch. The fruit is edible, but has a strange taste!

Jacques Barrau (1961) Subsistence Agriculture in Polynesia and Micronesia, has an illustration of this fruit identified as Crataevia speciosa Volkens. There are three references to it as follows:
  • it is a fairly common food in some of the Caroline Islands
  • it is of considerable importance on Yap Island", and
  • is an important fruit plant in the Caroline Islands. The native names are, for Ponape, apoot; for Truk, afuch; for Mortlock, afut; for Yap, abuch; for Palau, edepsungel. Depending on the variety, the fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. It is sometimes preserved by sun drying.