Most of the Barbados cherry trees sold in this area are propagated from cuttings from mature trees which produce good fruit. They may be planted here at almost any time of the year, preferably in full sun and well-drained soil. They may be fertilized in spring and fall with a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) and given extra water during dry months. For a well-established tree, rains usually will supply sufficient moisture in summer. Bark: The bark of the tree contains 20-25% tannin and has been utilized in the leather industry. Wood: The wood is surprisingly hard and heavy. Trials have demonstrated that it refuses to ignite even when treated with flammable fluid unless perfectly dry. Medicinal Uses: The fruits are considered beneficial to patients with liver ailments, diarrhea and dysentery, as well as those with coughs or colds. The juice may be gargled to relieve sore throat.
BARBADOS CHERRY, Malpighia Emarginata sweet exotic tropical fruit seed 30 SEED
common names: Barbados cherry, acerola, West Indian cherry, Puerto Rican cherry, Jamaican cherry It is a tropical tree which makes a fine addition to a South Florida gardener`s backyard fruit ``orchard.`` A native of the West Indies, it is a small, attractive, fast-growing tree that won`t reach much more than 12 feet, although it can be kept clipped back to shrub size.
It`s leaves are small and evergreen, borne densely on rather brittle branches. The branches of some varieties droop; others are quite upright. The Barbados cherry's blossoms attract butterflies, and its fruit attracts birds and other animals.
The bright pink, five-petaled flowers are small but pretty, with the trees blooming mainly from A
The fruit is about the size and shape of a true cherry, with a thin scarlet skin, golden flesh and three small seeds. It has an excellent flavor but its main claim to fame is its extremely high quantity of ascorbic acid, vitamin C. The tarter the fruit, the more vitamin C, it is said. But even though a single fruit of a mouth-puckering variety may supply all the vitamin C you need for an entire day, you`ll probably prefer a sweeter variety, such as ``Florida Sweet.`