A part of zabala vine in bloom
Zabala is a native of Chile. It is also found in Peru. An interesting feature of zarbala plant is that initially it starts as a vine. But when the vine attains a length of 2 to 2.5 m , the stem begins to thicken ultimately develops into a tree. Zabala is good in the garden as an ornamental plant too
Zabala is an evergreen
climber/tree growing upto 4 m and is monoecious as well as dioecious.
The flowers are not self fertile and require cross pollination for
Zabala fruits look like sausages. These are deep purple in colour and 5 to 8 cm long. The fruits are pulpy and taste sweet. The fruits have a good taste and are eaten raw. These are considered to be a seasonal delicacy in Chile and sold in the markets in Chile as well as Peru.
A ripe fruit of zabala
The plant can be multiplied by cuttings.
Zabala is not known much outside Colombia and Peru though it has been introduced into Britain too.