Sterculia – Sterculia foetida
Sterculias are tall trees, rising in some instances to 30 meters. Their leaves are either undivided or palmately lobed. Their flowers are red or purple. The fruit of all sterculias is similar in aspect, with a red, segmented seedpod containing many edible black seeds.
Habitat and Distribution:
There are over 100 species of sterculias distributed through all warm or tropical climates. They are mainly forest trees.
The large, red pods produce a number of edible seeds. The seeds of all sterculias are edible and have a pleasant taste similar to cocoa. You can eat them like nuts, either raw or roasted. CAUTION: Avoid eating large quantities. The seeds may have a laxative effect.