Ombrophytum sp. Balanophoreae. MOUNTAIN MAIZE.
These plants, according to Poppig, are boiled and eaten like fungi.
They spring up suddenly in Peru after rain and are called mountain
Omphalea diandra Linn. Euphorbiaceae. COBNUT.
This tree is cultivated in Santo Domingo and Jamaica
under the name of noisettier, or cobnut, from the resemblance of the
flavor of the seeds to that of the European nuts. The embryo is
deleterious and requires to be extracted.
O. triandra Linn. COBNUT.
The seeds are edible after the deleterious embryo is
extracted. The tree is called cobnut in Jamaica. The kernels of the nuts
in the raw state are delicately sweet and wholesome. When roasted they
are equal, if not superior, to any chestnut. By compression, they yield a
sweet and fine-flavored oil.