Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 165 Snack Fruits

Here on the farm the trails are lined with "snack fruits," fruits which you can snack on as you wonder through through the farm. A favorite at Bona Fide is the Pitanga or Surinam Cherry. These cherries are a bit like the little girl with a curl right in the middle of her forehead; when they are good they are good they are very, very good and en they are bad they horrid (read sour and green tasting). Below is what wikipedia has to say about it, for all you plant nerds.

The Surinam Cherry, Brazilian Cherry, or Cayenne Cherry (Eugenia uniflora) is a plant in the family Myrtaceae, native to tropical South America's east coast from Suriname to southern Brazil.[1] Known as Pitanga throughout Brazil or √Ďangapir√≠ in surrounding countries, it is a large shrub or small tree with a conical form, growing slowly to 8 meters in height. The leaves are glossy green, up to 4 cm long, and new leaves are copper-colored. Fragrant white flowers mature into reddish fruits up to 2 cm in diameter. The taste ranges from sweet to sour, depending on the cultivar and level of ripeness (the darker red to black range is quite sweet, while the green to orange range is strikingly tart). The plant is relatively pest resistant, easy to grow and high in antioxidants. The Surinam Cherry is often used in gardens as a hedge or screen. The fruit is high in Vitamin C, and its predominant food use is as a flavoring and base for jams and jellies. The tree was introduced to Bermuda for ornamental purposes but is now out of control and listed as an invasive species in Bermuda.



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