A shrub or small tree, up to 10 m tall, native to Mexico and Central America but introduced in other parts of South America, where it usually grows in open forests and thickets, at elevations between 1500 and 2700 m. It has oval shaped leaves, white, rather unpleasantly scented flowers and edible, reddish-orange apple-like fruits, about 3.5 cm in diameter. This hawthorn is very popular in Mexico and the fruits, which resemble crabapples in taste, sweet to tart with a creamy consistency, are often eaten raw, cooked or canned. The “tejocote”, as it is locally known, is used in the preparation of a fruit punch, called “ponche”, which is served during Christmas and New Year celebrations and special dishes are also made for the "Día de Muertos" (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday. Aside from the culinary applications, Crataegus mexicana is cultivated for its cosmetic, nutraceutical and medicinal uses and its wood is popular for making tool handles. An excellent fruiting tree for cool tropical and warm temperate climates.