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Description: The fruit has an apricot
flavor and color.
Harvest: Fruit, May - July
Damage Temp: 28 F
orange-yellow fruit dangle in masses, like small
ornaments among the dense dark green foliage,
giving this tree a full appearance. The
refreshing golden fruit is soft and apricot-like in
texture with a juicy and mildly acidic flavor.
Native to Brazil, Pitomba is a cousin to the
Lychee and Longan and no more evident than
when you peel it to reveal the translucent
whitish soft flesh contained inside. With a
texture so soft and a flavor so wonderful, they
are bound to be addictive.
Pitomba Trees can be grown in all 50 states simply by bringing indoors before
temps drop below 40 degrees and providing lots of light. Most tropical fruit trees like Pitomba
Trees are very fast growing and easier to maintain than domestic fruit trees. Below are a few
brief tips for successful growth both indoors and out.
Pitomba Trees are fast growing and require space to stretch out, so
plant your rows on 18 foot centers or for individual trees choose a location at least 10 feet from
other trees or shrubs. Pitomba Trees grow very well in containers as long as you provide an
adequate size pot for root development. Select a pot 18-24 plus inches in diameter and 20 plus
inches in height, with adequate drain holes. Glazed pots require far less watering than raw
terracotta pots due to their porous nature. A well-draining soil is of primary importance as
Pitomba Trees roots do not like to be wet and will rot if allowed to sit in water for extended
periods. A mixture of soil, sand and perlite is highly recommended for proper drainage.
Season of Harvest:
May through July.
It is used in jams, jellies, and other preserves by Brazilians. Pitomba is
considered an acid fruit, and it can be resinous as well if picked too early.
Species: T. esculenta