Tucker Greenhouse fruit alert!

red fruit

This is a ripe Suriname Cherry fruit Eugenia uniflora found in the Myrtaceae family.  This smallish tree is growing in the north tropical room, on the west side in the middle bed.  Prior to fruit development, the tree produces fragrant, white flowers about the size of a dime.

This fruit was discovered today by Tanner Leslie, greenhouse volunteer extraordinaire.  We both tasted the fruit, and actually ate most of it.  It is tart like a lemon, but has an interesting flavor.  It is medicinal too.

red fruit

Inside the fruit of a Suriname cherry is one large seed.  This type of fleshy, one-seeded fruit is called a ‘drupe’.