Herb: Zabala Fruit

Latin name: Lardizabala biternata

Family: Lardizabalaceae (Lardizabala Family)

Edible parts of Zabala Fruit:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and pulpy, it is considered to be a delicacy in Chile where it is collected and sold in local markets. Also of interest value because of its sausage-like deep purple fruits. The fruit is 5 - 8cm long.

Description of the plant:


3.5 m
(11 feet)

to February

Habitat of the herb:

Grows into trees in woodland.

Other uses of Zabala Fruit:

A cordage is made from the stems.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in early summer and, if possible, give the plants some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm long with a heel, June/July in a frame. The cuttings should be put in individual pots. A good percentage. Stem cuttings in spring and autumn.

Cultivation of Zabala Fruit:

Grows into trees in woodland.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Lardizabala biternata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.