Laurel Hanson ’23: Book VIII, Chapter XXIII (Of the Tree Called Acana, and of Its Fruit by the Same Name)

Book VIII, Chapter XXIII

Of the tree called acana, and of its fruit by the same name.

Translated by Laurel Hanson ’23

The acana is a large tree, and its leaves are almost like those of the pear tree. The fruit is the size and shape of an egg, and it smells very good, like a camuesa or pippin, and is similarly yellow with a thin skin or peel. The flavor is like that of cheese; if one carries many of them in one’s hands, it even smells of cheese. It is a good fruit and is easily digestible.

Image retrieved from John Carter Brown Library at Brown University