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Myrtaceae, Eugenia reinwardtiana, Cedar bay cherry – Jalisco, Mexico

September 26, 2014

Eugenia reinwardtiana is a large shrub / small tree native to the rainforest of N. Queensland, Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands. I’ve written previous posts on a number of members of the Myrtaceae family and the Eugenia genus specifically. Click links or type family / genus into the search bar.

The fruit of E. reinwardtiana is edible with a taste and texture reminiscent of a cross between Cocoplum, (Chrysobalanus icaco) and Water apple (Syzygium). I took these photos on the Jalisco coast in Mexico where it is growing very well.

Eugenia reinwardtiana leaf Eugenia reinwardtiana fruit leaf

5 Comments leave one →
  1. luc vleeracker permalink
    September 26, 2014 10:08:00 pm

    I wait till the fruit drops , that’s when they are best .

    • September 27, 2014 10:08:19 pm

      This is from the small plants from you too…. Getting a lot of fruit off the jaboticabas as we’ll.

  2. September 26, 2014 10:08:05 pm

    See that’s what I love about this blog…I had NO idea we have this fruit in Australia! I had to go halfway around the world to learn about it. I did learn about the gympi gympi plant on Facebook yesterday though, enough to learn that I am incredibly glad not to be living on the Queensland Atherton Tablelands! Check it out, it is seriously heinous!

    http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2009/06/gympie-gympie-once-stung,-never-forgotten/

    • September 27, 2014 10:08:25 pm

      Wow, fascinating article on gympie-gympie. Looks like it’s related to the temperate stinging nettle and another one called Ortiga, only the gympie sounds like its about a thousand times more powerful.

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