Malabar Chestnut

Pachira glabra

Malabar Chestnut Fruit and flower

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This medium sized fast growing tree is grown in many parts of the world. It is sometimes known as the Saba Nut and is grown mainly for its edible seeds; however it also makes a suitable potted indoor plant or outdoor specimen. The large white flowers are very fragrant, another reason to have it in the garden. Overall, this versatile tree is a handsome landscape addition The seeds can be eaten either raw or roasted. When roasted or fried in oil they taste like chestnuts or cashews, raw they taste like peanuts and keep for months in a cool, dry place. They can also be ground and used as a flour substitute when baking bread. The young leaves and flowers are cooked and delicious eaten as a vegetable. Production starts within a few years. The large, white, self-fertile flowers display spectacular clusters of 10cm cream-white stamens. The fruit is a woody green five-valved pod up to 30cm in length. The capsules that follow burst open when the seeds are ripe. The plant grows well in mild inland parts and coastal areas. The plant will tolerate brief exposure to low temperatures but won't tolerate frost. A frost-free location with some protection from hot, drying winds is the best choice for the plant. It will take full sun to partial shade. Malabar chestnuts are not overly fussy about soil as long as it is well drained. They are semi-deciduous.
Other Names: Saba Nut

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Specifications of Malabar Chestnut

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 4-5 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Poor Drainage (Clay)

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April

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Malabar Chestnut Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 8months ago

Tinana, Queensland , Australia

Malabar Chestnut

We have two trees , both doing well. All through the long dry spell. 2020. These trees did not get watered,but are still doing o k both have fruit on.

★★★★★ 1y ago


Fast growing, shady and fragrant tree.

★★ 3y ago


Beautiful flowers - supposedly delicious nuts

John Cobb
3y ago

East Hills, NSW, Australia

Malabar Chestnut

I ate those nuts (fruit of Malabar Chestnut) on the most remote island Rapa in French Polynesia. One of the best tasting nuts I've ever tried. I will plant those trees now in Australia in my own backyard. Hopefully they will grow nicely.

Russell Drinkwater
6y ago

Eidsvold, QLD, Australia

Malabar Chestnut

Malabar chestnut will tolerate frost inland from bundaberg qld. We had a few cracker frosts this year and absolutely no damage. The tree is 10 feet tall and is flowering at this time.

6y ago

Iloilo, PHIL.

Malabar Chestnut

Nice for shades on garden, edible fruits are so tasty

★★★★★ 7y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

I love this tree, related to the boabs it has a fat bum and gorgeous scented flowers that open at night.. The peeled raw seeds are a little like a cross between green peas and raw cashews, they are a little fiddly to get into but make a great snack.

Jennifer Berghan
8y ago

Chinchilla, QLD, Australia

Malabar Chestnut ( MT )

I have 3 trees in my orchard, now 3 yrs old. have had 2 pods last year and now have 5 pods growing. they got frosted badly last year lost all leaves, but came back well in spring. I live in the western downs of Queensland, near chinchilla.

8y ago

Caboolture, QLD, Australia

Malabar Chestnut

Mistakenly chopped down, growing back well ,also grown from the seed, which have a nicer flavour than peanuts. Yet to try the flowers or leaves. Growning in partial shade.

★★★ 9y ago

Inala, QLD, Australia

Interesting flavour, nicer than raw peanuts. Tree is quite striking when mature.

★★★ 9y ago

MANLY WEST, QLD, Australia

Height .5mts (18/01/2012)Height 1.8 mts (20/11/2012)Height 6 mts (29/11/2017) The tree has loads of pods on all the time . I cannot recommend this enough . I was really impressed with the postage of this plant from Daleys . Not a mark on it . It is po...

11y ago

GORDON, NSW, Australia

Struggling a bit.Still growing slowly - likes lots of waterThis plant is really struggling after 4 years, have moved to a new location with more sun.Move didn't work it is now deceased.

★★★★ 12y ago

Keinbah, NSW, Australia

I like a plant that doesn't die :)I also like that this tree has such a beautiful form, we are very excited to have three nuts forming this year (2012).

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