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Surinam Cherry


Surinam Cherry

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The surinam cherry (eugenia uniflora, E. michelii, or Stenoclay m.) is a small, sweet, juicy fruit that has a slight resinous or piney taste, and grows in tropical and subtropical areas. It is a member of the myrtle family. Other names for the surinam cherry included the Brazil cherry, Cayenna cherry, Florida cherry, and Pitanga.

The surinam cherry tree is more of a shrub with bronze leaves that turn green when older. The fruit itself is approximately 2 to 4 centimeters in width. It is a squat, round shape, with 7 to 8 ribs. They start out green and change to orange, bright red, seep scarlet, or purplish maroon when ripe. The darker the fruit, the sweeter it is. They have thin skin, and 1 big, or 2 to 3 small seeds in the center.

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Originally native to Surinam, Guyana. It is a very invasive tree, that sometimes can get out of hand. The Surinam Cherry is temperature sensitive- so the farther away from the equator it goes, the less invasive the shrub becomes.