WHAT IS JAGUA?
Its scientific name is Genipa Americana and it is commonly known as jagua. Other known names are Huito, Maluco, Tejoroso, Tejoruco, Shagua, Xagua, Yaguare, Caruto, Guacamote, Palo Colorado, Vitú, Yoale and Irayola. The jagua comes from the Rubiaceae family. It is a thick tree that can measure up to 15 meters high, with a smooth and light brown bark. Its leaves are wide, oval and dark green. Its flowers are white, with long and tubular petals. Its fruits have the form of sour oranges, yellowish brown color and pleasant aroma. They contain a yellow pulp, succulent and pungent and refreshing. They are a type of berry 4 to 7.5 cm long by 4 to 5.5 cm wide. The fruit is circular in shape, slightly scabrous to the touch and contains 50 to 80 seeds.