The Guiana Chestnut (Pachira Aquatica) is a large (up to 60 feet) tropical Central American tree with large 4-12 inch woody green pods that contain many seeds, 1/2 inch in diameter or larger. The seeds are edible raw and taste like peanuts, but they are normally roasted or fried in oil. The Cooked nuts have a flavor like chestnuts, and may be ground into flour. The young leaves and flowers may also be cooked as a vegetable.
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