Jabuticaba – The Tree that Fruits on its' Trunk
"No, this is not a belated April Fool’s prank. They look as if they may have been pinned there by an overenthusiastic gardener to impress the neighbors, but the fruit of the Jabuticaba really does grow off the trunk of the tree. "
"Otherwise known as the Brazilian Grape Tree, this plant is native to South America, notably Paraguay , Argentina and (obviously from its name) mostly from Brazil . The fruit, a succulent looking purple color, can be plucked and eaten straight from the tree."
"It is also a popular ingredient in jellies and is also juiced to make a refreshing summer drink. What is more, it can be fermented and made into wine and strong liquor. After three days off the tree the fermentation will begin, so sometimes, there is no choice; honestly"
"If the tree is well irrigated then it will flower and fruit all the year round. The fruit itself is about four centimeters in diameter and has up to four large seeds. As well as being used as food, the skins can be dried out and used to treat asthma and diarrhea. If your tonsils are swollen you can also use it to try and alleviate the inflammation. It is also hoped that the tree will be useful in the fight against cancer, as several anti-cancer compounds have been found in the fruit." End of email message from unknown person. All I can say is that it has been on my mind for the past couple of days.......and I'm wondering, where could I put it in my garden?:)
When do they fruit? So many questions on this alien and mysterious plant.