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Pitanga

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Pitanga

 

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Tenemos una en el HuertoArachne, en frente al fregadero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Eugenia uniflora, Surinam Cherry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Myrtales

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Eugenia

Species: E. uniflora

Binomial name

Eugenia uniflora

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The Surinam Cherry, Brazilian Cherry, or Cayenne Cherry (Eugenia uniflora) is a plant in the family Myrtaceae, native to tropical America. Known as Pitanga throughout Brazil, 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 flavor 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 Surinam Cherry is often used in gardens as a hedge or screen.

 

The fruit is high in Vitamin C, and its predominant food use in most of the places it occurs is as a flavoring and base for jams and jellies.

 

For Brazilian Cherry also see Jatobá.

 


 

 

 


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