The Jicaro Tree and its artisanal uses


The Jicaro is a kind of tree that grows in the dry tropical forest areas in the Pacific region of Nicaragua. Its uses are varied, especially for its rounded fruit.

In pre-Hispanic times, it was used by indigenous tribes for making utensils. Currently the jicaro fruit serves many Nicaraguan artisans to support their family every day. With the fruits, they can make different crafts such as bowls (called by the natives, guacales), glasses, bracelets, earrings, belts, napkin holders, among others.

These are some of the souvenirs that you can buy at Jicaro Island Ecolodge and help us support artisans from the local area.

Located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Jicaro Lodge is a boutique hotel offering a variety of tours and activities.