The Cherry of the Rio Grande fruit plants grows on a narrow shrub of the same name, that reaches an average of 5 meters tall and has dark green, glossy leaves. The tree flowers in spring and is covered with 4 to 5 white petaled blooms and multiple long white stamen. Fruits appear within weeks of the flowers. A Cherry of the Rio Grande is oblong and measures around 2 to 3 centimeters. Like a pomegranate, the remnants of the flower bud (called a persistent calyx) are prominent at the end of the fruit, appearing like green beaks. The fruits emerge with a pale pink to red skin and mature to a dark red and almost purple-black color. The skin is thin and hides a paler-colored flesh and one to two small white seeds. The flavor of a Cherry of the Rio Grande is sweet, and can be described as a combination of cherry and plum, and some even say hints of banana.
Little nutritional data is available for the Cherry of the Rio Grande. Studies have demonstrated that the fruit has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Other members of the Eugenia genus contain high amounts of vitamins A and C, B-complex vitamins, as well as a small amount of iron, magnesium and potassium.Rio grande fruit plants in Kerala is available in our farm.
Mature Height: 5 meters
Sunlight: Part (Sun:50-80%)
Fruit Color: purple-black
Botanical Name: Eugenia involucrata