Today’s entry was written by Claire:
These Surinam cherries (or Brazilian cherries or pitanga in Brazil or a number of other common names), belong to the myrtle family. The Myrtaceae is known for evergreen shrubs and trees containing essential oils (think eucalyptus trees). Eugenia uniflora is a native of tropical South America, but the species has been widely cultivated for both its ornamental value and edibility. Areas of the world where it has been cultivated include Florida (as a common hedge plant), China, India and southeast Asia. Eugenia uniflora fruits are easily eaten raw and can also be made into jams and even distilled into liquor. The seeds are highly aromatic and resinous and the woody stems can contain up to 28.5% tannins in the bark.