The Incredible Edible ๐ŸŒณ Suriname Cherry ๐Ÿ’

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The Suriname Cherry ๐Ÿ’ is ubiquitous here in Suriname, which perhaps explains how it got its name.

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The Suriname Cherry

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ย ย ย ย ย The Suriname Cherry (Eugenia Uniflora) โฝยนโพ is common in the northeast coast of South America, but can be found throughout the Caribbean, reaching all the way to southern Florida in the USA, and even as far south as Uruguay.

ย ย ย ย ย This fruit has many names: pitanga, Brazilian cherry, Cayenne cherry and Cerisier Carrรฉ โฝยฒโพ. Suriname is an overlooked corner of the world, with Brazil, Aruba and Curacao stealing all potential Suriname tourism. I think it's best to call this fruit the "Suriname Cherry" to increase international awareness of Suriname, even though it's an invasive species โฝยนโพ.

a lone cherry from the tree outside our fence here in Paramaribo, Suriname

ย ย ย ย ย To say these trees are easy to grow would be an understatement: they tolerant of just about any soil type, as long as it is not saltyยณ. The tree at our house grows in the sandy mix between our fence and the road, and it produces fruit almost every 2-3 weeks as long as there's rain.

ย ย ย ย ย The fruits are small: about 1.4โ€“2.5 cm in diameterยน, and very tart, even when ripe. The fruit is more seed than flesh, but still worth the effort.

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๐Ÿ”ฌ The Health Benefits ๐Ÿ’ช

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ย ย ย ย ย Suriname Cherry trees are not too tall, and can be found growing along roadsides all over Paramaribo. Because of this, it makes a quick and easy snack we can pick and eat as we walk around town running our daily errands.

ย ย ย ย ย On a trip to and from the store, we can easily nibble our way to our daily Vitamin C & A dosage. The @KidSisters don't enjoy this fruit much because it is very sour and not that sweet. But when juiced it becomes a little more appealing to kiddos.

Nutrition Facts โฝโดโพ
1 cup fruit (28g)
Calories - 57.1

Amount per serving
% DV
Total Fat 13 g
4%
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
0%
Sodium 5.2 mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 0.5 mg
3%
Protein 1.4 mg
3%
Vitamin C 45.5 mg
76%
Vitamin A 2596 IU
52%
Potassium 178 mg
5%
Magnesium 20.8 mg
5%
Riboflavin 0.1 mg
4%
Phosphorus 19.0 mg
2%
Calcium 15.6 mg
2%
Niacin 0.5 mg
3%

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๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Permaculture Potential ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ

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the cherry tree on our fenceline here in Paramaribo

ย ย ย ย ย The Suriname Cherry Tree is very suitable for use in permaculture farming. It's adapted to tropical and subtropical regions โฝโตโพ but well-established plants have suffered only superficial injury at 22ยบ F (-5.56ยบ C) โฝโตโพ. That is an extremely wide temperature tolerance for a tropical fruit tree.

ย ย ย ย ย This humble tree grows in almost any type of soilโ€“sand, sandy loam, stiff clay, soft limestoneโ€“and can even stand waterlogging for a time, but it is intolerant of salt โฝโตโพ. A low-hanging-fruit producer that can thrive in terrible soil and tolerate a wide temperature range sounds like a win-win to me.

ย ย ย ย ย The hits don't stop, there is much more. This tree is deep-rooted โฝโตโพ and can stand a long dry season โฝโตโพ. The small tree in front of our house produces more fruit that we can eat, and it is completely neglected. A study in India revealed that pruned bushes yield an average of 2.7-3.6 kg (6 to 8 lbs) per plant โฝโตโพ.

ย ย ย ย ย Our neglected tree seems to produce fruit every 2-3 weeks whether rain or shine. It's amazing one can neglect something so often and yet it still produce so much regardless, a very selfless act.

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๐Ÿ’ Some Cold-Pressed Juice ๐Ÿฅค

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ย ย ย ย ย We heard a big rain approaching recently, and knowing it would knock many ripened fruits off the tree, we raced to pick what we could before the rest were violently knocked to the ground.

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ย ย ย ย ย I estimate we picked around ยฝ kilo before the storm arrived. We gave the fruits a quick wash, let them dry and began juicing. The cherries are mostly seed, but nothing that will harm your cold-pressed juicer.

ย ย ย ย ย Only 5 seconds into juicing the whole began to smell like a flower shop. My Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer processed the soft seeds quite easily, and the result was a very thick and tart juice. The Khmerican Family Abroad was eager to try this neon orange concoction.

Pulp.JPGmassive amount of pulp and seeds per fruit

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the finished product in all its glory

ย ย ย ย ย After the taste test was over, the @KidSisters needed some water and sugar to make their glass palatable, but @Sreypov and I found it to be extremely tart, but still pleasant to sip without any added sugar. Vitamin C Ninja Kick ๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ‘ค MEOW!!


SOURCES
ยน KEW Science - Royal Botanic Gardens - Eugenia Uniflora L.
ยฒ Belem, Brazil Government - Pitanga
ยณ Tasty Landscape Nursery - Suriname Cherry
โด NutritionData.com - Pitanga
โต Purdue University Horticulture - Suriname Cherry

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ย  ยท ย last yearย 

Awesome juice - so yummy

ย  ยท ย last yearย 

Thanks, tart but delicious.