We call these cherries!!! Obviously it is NOT the type of ‘cherries’ that we were shown pictures of when in the kindergarten.
The trees that I have seen are around 20’ or less. The tree trunk is also not ‘huge’. Branches spread in all directions and mostly sort of parallel (not exactly) to the ground. Although, the branches are not ‘huge’, they are quite strong. I have not heard or seen anyone falling off the tree….. snapped branch!!!
The most interesting thing about this tree is its fruits! In size they are a bit similar to a ‘big’ Nelli
. The shape….. I wouldn’t attempt to explain…… the picture explains it all. Yes, the fruits are edible. When ripe, it’s flesh (if that’s what it’s called) becomes very soft which means it cannot be transported even in plastic crates!!! Usually it’s tree-to-mouth. It’s ‘skin’ (if that’s what its called) is very, very thin and the seed looks and feels somewhat similar to the seed of a Jambu
Taste….. tricky …..
If it’s not ripe….. meaning red… really, really red….. don’t even think of having one.
Why, I made this post?
1. I have felt that many don’t eat this stuff and worse chop the trees down. In time to come this will also be history.
2. From what I know (I can be wrong here), lots of people don’t even know of this tree/fruit.
3. I have no clue of its actual name….. neither do I know if (or not) it’s ‘local’.
4. I do love its bitter-sweet taste.
Would like to know its real name….. actually the commonly used name, if it’s ‘local’…. if it’s not, then it’s origin?
PriyanjanAdded Later -
Name - "Brazilian/Surinam Cherry"
Local Name - Yet to find out