[Synonyms : Calycorectes cubensis, Eugenia asagrayi, Eugenia ciliolata, Eugenia
Mexico to Brazil, it has small yellow-white flowers with many prominent white stamens.
It is also known as Bois mulâtre (Haitian), Cabo de chivo (Salvadoran), Coco-carette
(Guadeloupe and Martiniquais), Duque (Brazilian), Escobillo (Nicaraguan), Guaveberry,
(Puerto Rican), Roode bosch guave (Dutch), Rumberry, and Saitjaberan (Surinamese).
Warning – the skin has a high tannin content and should not be consumed in any quantity.
Floribunda means ‘profusely or freely flowering’
The small and juicy, grape-like reddish-black or yellow-orange berries have been used locally
to make wine and liqueur. They have whitish pulp with a grape-like taste and are eaten
raw or made into preserves, tarts and jams. (A particular liqueur is said to have been
made with the fruit in the U.S. Virgin Islands and exported to Denmark – it is claimed
according to some records ‘in large quantities’.) The Cubans eat honey made by bees
which frequent these trees.
Medicinally, local herbalists have recommended a fruit decoction to treat some liver disorders.
©Sue Eland 2008