A small tropical tree with large palmate leaves which is a naturally occurring hybrid of the genus Vasconcellea (family Caricaceae), originating in Ecuador but cultivated elsewhere. Also: the large, edible, five-sided marrow-shaped fruit of this plant, with a bright yellow rind and pale, usually seedless flesh, which is eaten raw or used for juice.
This plant was formerly (and is sometimes still) classified as Carica pentagona.
1920s. From Ecuadorean Spanish babaco, of unknown origin.