Sicana odorifera Naud.
As the scientific name suggest, this fruit in the pumpkin family native to South America has a very pleasant aroma. The skin
of cassabanana, ranging from orangey-red to dark purple, is so hard that it needs to be sawn open – this characteristic guarantees the freshness of the pulp for up to two months, provided it isn’t cracked and that the stalk remains intact. The yellow ripe pulp can be used in juices, jams and compotes, or added to soups, breads and mashes, as it is not too sweet. The fruit is about 5 inches wide and can reach up to 24 inches in length.