What Fruit Tree is That?

What Fruit Tree is That?

I was talking with a client the other day about some of the more unusual fruit trees you can grow in the subtropics.

What Fruit Tree is That?

Brazilian Cherry

One of the fruit trees growing successfully in my garden at the moment is the Brazilian cherry, also known as Pitanga or Surinam cherry.

This fruit tree is really attractive with pinky bronze new growth, which changes to glossy green as it matures.

Fruit of the Brazilian cherry are a brilliant scarlet, and are shaped a bit like a miniature pumpkin (see photo). The fruit has a large seed.

They have a pleasant flavour similar to cherries but with a slight piney aftertaste. This is due to the high levels of resin in the fruit tree. This aftertaste disappears if the fruit is refrigerated or cooked.

What Fruit Tree is That?

Close-up of the Cherry fruit

The Brazilians use the fruit to make flavoured vinegars and liquours. I am hoping to get a big enough crop to try and make some jam this year.

The Brazilian cherry fruit tree is almost too easy to grow, and has the potential to become an environmental weed.

The seeds easily take root wherever they fall and grow into more fruit trees. To  stop this, ensure that you pick the fruit as it ripens so birds won’t carry the seeds away.

The Brazilian cherry grows quickly, and requires minimal care once established. It prefers full sun and well drained soil. And, it can make as attractive hedge if you are looking for a quick growing plant.

Happy gardening 🙂

Rohanne, Your Personal Garden Expert

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