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.
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.
: 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,
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.
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.
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