Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert: Book VIII, Chapter XXXII (Of the tree called tembixque and its fruit, alias tembate)

Book VIII, Chapter XXXII

Of the tree called tembixque and its fruit, alias tembate.

Translated by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Tembixque is a tree, and not one undervalued by the Indians in the province of Nicaragua; it is highly appreciated for its fruit. They are medium-sized and airy trees, and they produce some round buds, split and divided inside, and inside each compartment formed by this division there is a small round and very white pit, somewhat thicker than a pine nut, but of the same size, covered by a thin black shell, and once that is removed it is more pleasant to the taste than the pine nuts of Castile. But they should be eaten in small quantities because they produce headaches, and the Christians make good use of them and preserve them. And one should not eat many, because they cause intestinal flow and stomach pain; but if you eat a dozen or two of them, they do not cause diarrhea, nor do they if they are eaten at the beginning of the meal. They can also be found on some islands and other parts of the Mainland.

Image retrieved from John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.