What is Pitanga?
Pitanga is known in Brazil by numerous names, including Surinam cherry and Brazil cherry, and in Hawaii by the name “pumpkin cherry.” Although Pitanga is commonly referred to as a tree, it is actually a tall shrub that can reach a height of 25 feet or more. It grows wild in the Amazon and can even be planted in your lawn (but only if you live in a hot, humid area!). Because the shrub grows so fast and easily in Brazil, it’s a very sustainable food source as well as a cosmetic element. They have a particular flavor that is sweet and contains tannins. Pitanga has a short shelf life, and the fruits are favored by birds, who aid in the natural spread of the plant.
Where it is found?
The pitanga fruit originally from South America, mostly Brazil
Protein: 1.38 grams
Fats: 0.69 grams
Ash: 0.86 grams
Carbohydrate: 12.96 grams
Vitamin C: 50.56%
Vitamin A: 18.57%
Vitamin B2: 5.31%
Moisture: 157.1 gram
What are its benefits?
- Heart aliments
- Treat cancer
- Eye aliment
- Treats common cold
- Skin health
- Prevent acne
- Immune power
- Prevent muscular dystrophy
- Produces RBC
- Regulates growth and reproduction
How to grow it?
- Pitanga can be grown from seed, which usually produces plants that are true to type.
- Use the seed of a ripe fruit.
- For roughly a month, seeds are viable.
- In the summer, semi-hard wood cuttings can be created.
- It’s also grafted and budded, and suckers are used to grow it.
How to add it to your diet?
- Used in jams
- Used to make chutneys and relishes
- Used to produce pies, sherbets, and juices, among some other things.
- It’s a versatile ingredient that may be used to make a range of dishes.
- Used to flavor jellies
- Cups, custard pudding, salads, and ice cream all benefit from it.
- They are also prepared as pickles
- Used as ingredients in sauce.