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BRAZILIAN CHERRY Eugenia uniflora

Brazilian Cherry

A highly ornamental shrub with spreading branches and aromatic foliage. The young bronze foliage turns a glossy deep green when mature and deep red in cold, dry weather. The brazilian cherry has delicate white flowers that are followed within 3 weeks by a ribbed fruit that changes from green to orange to maroon when fully ripe. The fruit is delicious eaten out-of-hand or as an ingredient in jelly, sauce and pies. Refrigeration enhances the flavour and makes these a good substitute for strawberries.

Weed warning: This tasty and very hardy pumpkin shaped berry is popular as a kids treat. While in a urban situation it holds little risk however the fruit is very appealing to birds and when planted in regional areas it has been observed to seed into native vegetation remnants, where it can continue to self seed and inhibit the growth of native flora. It has the potential to grow in open sun and shaded areas. If in close proximity to subtropical rainforest remnants the tree should be netted during fruiting to avoid introduction into the native vegetation.

PriceAvail.PropPotBuy Options 
$12.90 35 Seedling MT
Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Seedling Subtropical - Tropical 8 Medium No Evergreen February - May
 

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Brazillian Cherry

Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry '05 : This book says that this tree has very high Vitamin C ! The author has been informed several times that this fruit has normal amounts of Vit.C but they have not corrected the mistake ! | Rolf - Bankstown, NSW 25-Sep-2006

Brazilian Cherry

The fruit book called: Discovering Fruit & Nuts by Susanna Lyle.Printed 2006 is one of the best I have seen. Says the Brazilian Cherry has very good levels of vitamins C (45mg /100mg of flesh) and vitamin A (~2600IU0).They also contain thiamine,riboflavin | Les Garrett - Ulverstone, TAS. 04-Aug-2007

Brazilian Cherry

Does anyone have a receipe for a jelly using this fruit | My Buick - brisbane, QLD 07-Nov-2007

Brazilian Cherry

To Alexandra Bennett:- I live in Townsville and in my front yard I have growing what is, so I've been recently told, a Brazillian cherry tree (fruiting at the moment). Approx 14yrs old I believe and very healthy. | Vicki - Townsville, QLD 02-Oct-2008

Brazilian Cherry

I have two Brazilian Cherry plants thriving in Mackay...and is very boutiful this year. | Kelly Kidner - Mackay, QLD 07-Oct-2008

Brazilian Cherry

Got My first taste straight of a tree growing in rockhampton, absolutly love the fruit | Kevan Beckett - Rockhampton, QLD 26-Oct-2008

Brazilian Cherry

This is not a tip but several questions. Do you need two of them for pollination? Otherwise, how do you pollinate? How long do you have to wait for fruit? | Michael Paris - Maida Vale, W.A. 04-Nov-2008

Brazilian Cherry

Michael you only need one tree and there is no need to pollinate. I have one in the backyard and it is a prolific fruiter. It is likely to fruit quite young. | Correy - Brisbane, QLD 05-Nov-2008

Brazilian Cherry

Our five year old Brazilian cherry has only produced one fruit so far, earlier this year, even though the bush is very healthy. Perhaps we are too far south? | Paola - Berry , NSW 20-Nov-2008

Brazilian Cherry

I added water and roughly the same quantity of fruit to sugar. cook until it reduces and thickens fairly well. when ready ( saucer test) let the jam cool and blend every thing skin and small seeds ( they soften during the cooking process. bottle | Carol Helliwell - Wauchope, NSW 11-Apr-2009

Brazilian Cherry

We have one of these growing in the back yard, very very tasty plump juicey fruit when it is nice dark blood red, shame i didnt notice it fruiting earlier. | David Corbett - Brisbane, QLD 28-Apr-2009

Brazilian Cherry

I have a friend who lives next to my house, and she has a brazillian cherry tree hanging over my yard. she told me i can take any that grow on my side. But i want to grow my own So how long does it take normally to fruit. | Alex Kavanagh - Brisbane, QLD 28-Apr-2009

Brazilian Cherry

I have been given a Brazil cherry 10 cm high. can I grow it in the uk indoors? it is very good for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol depends which leaves you take. | David Harris - Lower Heyford, OXON 02-Jul-2010

Brazilian Cherry

Wow i live in townsville to and have a brazilian cherry tree i rember as a child it being very fruitful but now many years on and a good chop it is at present in the most beautiful blossom and one only fruit! its great to see more in townsville. | Kate Baker - Townsville, QLD 06-Sep-2010

Brazilian Cherry

I find them very moreish- on their own or with cream. Easy to grow, likes good drainage- I always get a good crop | Maurice Neill - Gladstone, QLD 14-Oct-2010

Brazilian Cherry

They taste awfull | J Pickersgill - Q L D , BRIS 02-Nov-2010

Brazilian Cherry

They taste fabulous in salads | Melina - Macksville, NSW 07-Dec-2010

Brazilian Cherry

Brazillian Cherry Jelly. Take as many cherries as you can, wash and put in a heavy based pan with pulp of 4+ tamarinds. Simmer over low heat until cherries are mushy and separate from the seeds. Strain, measure juice. 3/4 cup sugar to each cup juice. Cook | Julianne Hartmann - Ravenshoe, QLD 27-Feb-2011

Brazilian Cherry

I have one in my backyard and a friend of mine told me that it loves growing near rivers! From now I will be giving it lots of water!! | C Ally - Brisbane, QLD 14-Mar-2011

Brazilian Cherry

I have a beautiful fruiting Brazilian Cherry tree in Taree (NSW)area. They have delicious somewhat tart fruit and grow easily from seed. I love them straight from the tree but I am going to try making some of them into jam.Very ornamental. | Helen - Forster, NSW 08-May-2011

Brazilian Cherry

I live 50kms north of Perth, our Brazillian Cherry is 4yrs old and loaded with fruit,we love them, with their slight tart taste. So-- Sandgropers grow them well!!! Procured from Herbs'R'Us | Marg Budiselik - Yanchep, W.A. 10-Jun-2011

Brazilian Cherry

We have a brazillian cherry in our back yard and it's the sec ond year it has fruited we never touch it and it's absolutely covered in fruit. | Alice Briggs - Ipswich, QLD 05-Nov-2011

Brazilian Cherry

Use for jam. Has someone got a jam recipe please? WIn the fifties towering over the backyard lavatory, in Sandgate. Mum made jam from them. | Leonie Barber - St Kilda, VIC 12-Dec-2011

Brazilian Cherry

I didn't know what I had until I researched the fruit. Yummieee! Now I have two bushes. | Pauline J - Esk, QLD 13-Dec-2011

Brazilian Cherry

I have 1 in Perth --delicious but leave till dark red otherwise too tart. Bumper crop this year-most likely due to the extra rain-anyone know how long they live? Mine is approx 15 yrs and any tips for growing from seed-thanx Cherry Christmas!! | Jen Costello - Perth, WESTERN AUSTRALIA 29-Dec-2011

Brazilian Cherry

Jen stick a seed in a pot and put it on a east facing window sill. couple of weeks ,bingo. i have one growing across the road ,thats where i got the seed. must be why they have weed potential,very easey to grow from a seed. | Rod M - Mt Nebo, QLD 09-Feb-2012

Brazilian Cherry

I have five Brazilian Cherry trees in my back yard, I have two against the fence, two advantages here lovely back drop against the fence and you get the benefits of the fruit. I eat them fresh and make jam. They are evergreen all year round. | Adrian Lees - Rockingham, , WA 24-Mar-2012

Brazilian Cherry

We find grows best in loose soil with plenty compost & rotted manure.Water well in summer,less in cooler months.Prune to required size&shape after fruiting.We prefer to leave fruit on tree until dark& soft& then is strong flavour,& not sour. | Ray Doblo - Tweed Heads, NSW 15-Jul-2012

Brazilian Cherry

Have 3 Brazilian Cherry shrubs approx 6 yrs old. 1 flowered April 2012,and a cherry ripened in July. The other 2 shrubs have 5 0r 6 cherries developing. The shrubs are in a sheltered position and have new growth. Just planted a seed and some cuttings. | Julie - Albany, WA 07-Aug-2012

Brazilian Cherry

I live in Townsville and have a brazillian cherry in a large pot fruiting well. A question for Townsville people how big would it go if I planted it in the ground as in the tropics growth is prolific in most plants. | Sharon Taylor - West End , QLD 13-Oct-2012

Brazilian Cherry

bees pollinate them, they absolutely love the flowers | Corinne - Redland Bay, QLD 21-Nov-2012

Brazilian Cherry

In Central Coast NSW our Surinam Cherry is a yearly bonus -plenty of fruit for jams and jellies | Peter Carnovale - Springfield, NSW 16-Dec-2012

Brazilian Cherry

I just planted one in geraldton wa. I'll let you know how it go's. I'm trialling it on bore water with EC 5.6. So far so good! | Benn Kinivan - Geraldton, WA 24-Jan-2013

Brazilian Cherry

I grew up in Brazil and surrounded by this plant known as "pitanga" . If pruned properly, it can become a nice perimeter fence. It can be grown like lilly pilly, since they are sort of related... | Beto Boton - Buderim, QLD 12-Sep-2013
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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling) 9/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 1357 days 11hrs

Comments: - Very beautiful, low maintenance small shrub with attractive tasty fruits for the kids and adults!  Highly recommended.  Wait to the fruit to turn dark red before eating

Fruiting Months April and November

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Summer and Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Horse manure, worm castings and dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Rusticular says... [1541 days 10hrs ago]
Has become a weed in Brisbane.

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Brazilian Cherry 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 369 days 6hrs

Comments: - bought from Daleys, Fruited a few times & taste disgusting!! Should've tasted one before I went out & bought a whole bush of them!

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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arcobelina says... [291 days 10hrs ago]
LET THEM FULLY RIPEN BEFORE YOU TRY AND EAT THEM. EVEN THE CHOOKS WONT EAT THEM BEFORE THEY ARE FULLY RIPE ... sorry for the caps... they must be totally ripe before you try them
Correy says... [291 days 10hrs ago]
Yes they can be very tart unless perfectly ripe and even then they are still tart. We have another variety called Black Beauty that is much sweeter and doesn't have that tartiness. On the plus side they are known for their really good health benefits. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-surinam-cherries/

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Brazilian Cherry (Grafted) 8/10

Sandyh1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1331 days 0hrs

Comments: -

I love the sour taste and the childhood memories it invokes.My uncle had one in his bull paddock at Beenleigh when I was little and we used to climb up and sit in it.

Planted: 2004

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

How can I increase fruiting. I only get a few dozen on at a time.


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling) 7/10

JohnMc1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1171 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Fruit has a very strong turpentine taste. I can't have too many at one time but they are a nice addition to the orchid.

Fruiting Months February, March, April, May

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Question:

 


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling)

Carla1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1756 days 24hrs

Comments: -

Planted a small hedge of them (6) back in 1999 and never have they produced any fruits. Must be due to a shady position. UNTIL NOW only one is loaded with flowers. As they can become a spreading weed I will be pruning to stop fruiting developing. 

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pest Control:

 


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling)

Jonathon's Edible Fruits
Update: 1288 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Does not like cold! Lost a lot of leaves during winter, but came back well during summer.

Planted: 2010

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry 8/10

Lee's Edible Fruits
Update: 864 days 10hrs

Comments: -

I love the tart acidic fruit, they have the most wonderful shape, like tiny chinese lanterns.

Fruiting Months April and May

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling)

Magsgaz1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1403 days 23hrs

Comments: -

 Pick when very ripe.  They are a little sharp tasting like lemon but quite pleasant.

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 843 days 18hrs

Comments: -

Very attractive fruit (look abit like a tiny red pumpkin) that could be grown as an ornamental if the taste not liked. Have grown it as an attractive hedge at a previous property.  Fruit from different plants quite variable in taste - some very resinous and not very sweet (quite nasty), and others very sweet with a distinctive, but mild after-taste. If you've had a bad one it would probably put you off the fruit.  Only eat when fully ripe, (a very dark red to almost maroon colour), otherwise may be unpleasant.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 8

Pollination: No


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Brazilian Cherry

Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 940 days 4hrs

Comments: -

I beleive that these are also called Pitangas.


Winter 2011: My friend is germinating these for me from seeds I collected at Tropical Fruit World in March. They are slow to start but it is winter and I can't blame them. The fruit was awesome and I am very excited to have these new babies. There are 3 in the pic: the big one, a smaller one at the back and a tiny weeny one right at the bottom/centre of the first image.


All of the seeds have now come up. They are pretty, delicate little seedlings and I am very excited.


Planted: 2011

Height 10 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Pollination: No


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Brazilian Cherry 6/10

Blossom's Edible Fruits
Update: 1408 days 21hrs

Comments: -

sounded interesting pot growing

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Certified


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Brazilian Cherry 10/10

WendyBellbirdPark1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1820 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Grows slow here but once I began fertilizing with chook poo and seaweed and other things we now how dozens of them. The fruit is astringent but cooks up well with sugar that is if my husband doesn't find them and eat them first.

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Have not had to use any pest control up to now.


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Brazilian Cherry

Serendipity's Edible Fruits
Update: 1770 days 0hrs

Comments: - An acquired taste apparently. They also make a good jam, flavour between apricot and sour cherry. I've always loved them, but for some people a resiny/kerosine flavour predominates their taste. Allow to ripen on tree, best when fruit just starts to soften and darken - about 1 day after turning bright red. But I can never wait that long. Crushing under tongue can reduce the kero taste for some people. 

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling)

Lyn1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1334 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Planted about 3 years ago, flowered & fruited the first year. 

Fertliize with Blood & Bone & Dynamic Lifter mix two or three times a year.

Water when dry.

Plant is approximately  1m x 1m in size now and produces fruit all through the warm months of the year.  Fruit appears quickly after flowering and ripens very fast.   Best eaten when bright Orange/red for the nicest flavour.  The fluffy white flowers look pretty on the bush,and the fruit look like bright orange chinese lanterns.

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

No Pest Control Used


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Brazilian Cherry

Kaz1's Edible Fruits
Update: 466 days 6hrs

Comments: -

grows well good looking plant, lots of fruit, big seed, fruit tastes a bit like capsicum, i dont like the taste and nobody else i have tried liked it.

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling)

Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1464 days 8hrs

Comments: -

2 Moderate bushes already on the property. I loves eating these as a kid but often they were quite sour or stung.

Planted: 2003

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling) 7/10

DavesCityGarden1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1381 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Planted this in my walled vegetable garden as a small 30cm plant. It has doubled in height.  It gets sun from October to April and then winter shade until it grows high enough to clear the 2m wall. No flowers yet.

Height 1.2 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: B

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

none observed

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry 8/10

Fingerlime's Edible Fruits
Update: 1470 days 1hrs

Comments: -

still hanging on, and growing some new leaves

Growing still, even after I shifted it to a better spot

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry

Ce2's Edible Fruits
Update: 1841 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Myrtaceae

Eugenia brasiliensis

Brazil Cherry

Brazil


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Brazilian Cherry 3/10

Lorna's Edible Fruits
Update: 1834 days 21hrs

Comments: -

Reluctant producer and grower. Not suited to my garden.

Planted: 2006

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry

SaraConnors's Edible Fruits
Update: 1832 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Just planted


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Brazilian Cherry 4/10

Msjekyll's Edible Fruits
Update: 595 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Growing happly in a sunny position.

First flowering just starting.  likes lots of water.

Still growing well but fruits are very few and far between

Lots of growth and more fruit with the very wet weather.  A nice looking plant.  Fruit is very tart.

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry (Seedling) 6/10

Dboo's Edible Fruits
Update: 811 days 23hrs

Comments: -

lovely foilage, it's been slow growing so far. got a chance to taste the fruit of a friends tree and its was disapointing, mostly seed and a little astringent.

Planted: 2011

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Brazilian Cherry

Robwhite1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1522 days 2hrs

Comments: -

purchased from perrys 03/1992 only fruited this year for the first time however has been flowering over the last few years without fruit set


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Comments

Michael says... [1521 days 1hrs ago]
Hi Rob, This looks like a photo of a Longan ?
robwhite1 says... [1520 days 2hrs ago]
it was I've fixed it now ...thanks
Han says... [1493 days 7hrs ago]

Han says... [1493 days 7hrs ago]

Han says... [1493 days 7hrs ago]
Hi Rob, How is your Brazilian Cherry taste like? I wanted to grow this fruit and thought some local knowledge would be great. Thank you

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