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Non-Pests > Plant ID > Crataeva religiosa, identification, FSM
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.