Fgcu food Forest Plant Database Cherry of the Rio Grande



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FGCU  Food  Forest  

Plant  Database

 

 

Cherry  of  the  Rio  Grande

   

(

Eugenia  aggregata



)  

Quick  Facts  

Origin:  Brazil;  South  America  

Description:

 Evergreen  shrub  or  small  

tree  that  grows  about  10-­‐20  feet  

high;  has  dark  green,  glossy  leaves.

 

Uses:  Food;  fruits  red  to  deep  purple  

cherries  that  can  be  eaten  raw  or  

made  into  jellies,  jams,  or  juices;  

freezes  well  for  future  use.  



Harvest:  Summer  months.  

Flower:  White;  showy;  flowering  lasts  

several  months.

 

Fruit:  Oblong;  thin  skinned;  Red  to  

deep  purple  cherry  about  1-­‐2  inches  

large  with  1-­‐2  seeds  in  the  middle.

 

Tolerance:  Moderately  drought  

tolerant;  hardy  to  20

°F;  does  well  in  a  

variety  of  soil  types.

 

 



General  Description

:  Cherry  of  the  Rio  Grande  

is  a  beautiful  ornamental  shrub  or  tree  native  to  

Brazil.  It  is  evergreen  and  has  dark  green,  glossy,  

and  waxy  leaves;  however,  it  is  not  a  true  cherry.  

The  fruit  is  red  to  dark  purple  and  can  be  eaten  

raw,  or  made  into  jellies,  jams,  and  juices.  

 

 



 

 

 



 

•  Native  Origin:  Rio  Grande  do  Sul,  

Brazil,  South  America.  

 

•  General  History:  Native  to  Brazil,  this  species  has  been  highly  prized  as  a  large,  



ornamental  shrub  with  delicious  fruits.  Cherry  of  the  Rio  Grande  has  been  widely  grown  

in  southern  California  where  it  flowers  and  fruits  throughout  the  summer  months.  

Decently  rare  in  Southwest  Florida;  tends  to  do  very  well  in  USDA  Zone  10B,  and  flowers  

and  fruits  throughout  the  summer  months.  Cherry  of  the  Rio  Grande  is  typically  grown  

from  seed,  and  usually  takes  4-­‐5  years  to  begin  fruiting.  


•  Distrubution:  

Tropics  and  Subtropics;  mostly  found  in  South  America,  but  also  cultivated  

in  home  gardens  in  California  and  Florida  in  the  United  States.

 

•  Season  of  Harvest:  Summer  months.  

•  Culinary  Uses:  

Cherry  of  the  Rio  Grande  is  prized  for  its  delcious  red  to  purple  fruits  and  

is  usually  eaten  raw;  however,  jams,  jellies,  and  juices  can  also  be  produced  from  the  

fruit.  Also,  the  fruits  freeze  very  well  for  future  use  in  juice  smoothies  and  desserts.

 

 

 



 

Sources    

http://edibleplantproject.org/cherryriogrande/

 

http://www.tropicaloasisfarms.com/html/cherry-­‐of-­‐the-­‐rio-­‐grande.html



 

http://plantogram.com/product/cherry_of_the_rio_grande/

 

http://www.desert-­‐tropicals.com/Plants/Myrtaceae/Eugenia_aggregata.html



 

 

Copyright  ©2015  Benjamin  Dion  



 

 

 



Cherry  of  the  Rio  Grande  

Scientific  Classification  

Kingdom:  

Plantae  

(unranked):  

(unranked):  

(unranked):  

Angiosperms  

Eudicots  

Rosids  

 

 



 

 

Order:  



Myrtales  

Family:  

Myrtaceae  

Genus:  


Eugenia  

Species:  



E.  aggregata  

 


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