Surinam Cherry, Monki Monki Kersi, Pitanga, Cerise de Cayenne, Cereza de
Cayene, Surinam Cherry, Red Brazil Cherry.
Indigenous to tropical Brazil. It is harvested
from a large shrub or a small tree approximately 20 feet in height.
Somewhat similar in appearance to Acerola the fruits are deeply
8-ribbed and usually about 1 inch in diameter, although plants bearing
fruits nearly 2 inches in diameter have been reported. The mature fruit
range from light to dark red, to almost black, and have flesh of about the
same shade. The juicy sweet-acid pulp encloses one, or sometimes two,
fairly large seeds.
Pitanga is sweeter than Acerola and is an excellent fresh fruit. It also
can be used to make pies, jellies and jams.