Watermelon Pitanga (Eugenia verticillate)
Eugenia verticillate is a small to medium sized, bushy tree (9-24 ft) from the Myrtaceae family. It is an exciting and rare species from the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, south of Sao Paolo. This species bears soft, thin-skinned purple fruits that look somewhat like flattened Suriname Cherries. The fruits are edible, typically enjoyed fresh and reportedly have a flavor reminiscent of watermelon.Seedless fruits are great to put in cake dough and also serve to make juices, ice cream and jellies.
Common Name: Black Pitanga, Watermelon Pitanga, PITANGA-MELANCIA
Botanical Name: Eugenia verticillate
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 3-4 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate