Eugenia brasiliensis, also called Dombey or Grumichama, belongs to the Mirtaceae family and a species native to Brazil. This pleasant and unique fruit plant is included in the section of the so-called “tropical cherries”.
It is an evergreen tree, of medium size, that can reach over 10 meters in height (in the original places), very decorative for its glossy dark green foliage and for the characteristic white flowers typical of the family.
The leaves are opposite, oblong-oval, glossy, thick, leathery and with a curved edge.
The flowers are brought individually to the sides of the leaves, white in color and with pale yellow anthers.
The fruits are roundish and during ripening they change from green to bright red and finally to dark purple almost black when fully ripe.
The pulp is whitish, soft, juicy and has a taste very similar to a real sweet cherry, except for a touch of aromatic resin.
Food value per 100 g of edible part *
The humidity 84g
Protein 0.3 g
Ash 0.43 g
Calcium 39.5 mg
Phosphorus 13.6 mg
Iron 0.45 mg
Carotene 0.039 mg
Thiamine 0.044 mg
Riboflavin 0.031 mg
Niacin 0.336 mg
Ascorbic acid 18.8 mg
Carbohydrates 13.4 g
Fat 0.3 g
Of vitamin A 67 IU
Grumichama is a subtropical species, surviving at temperatures down to -5 ° C. It prefers sandy, fertile, deep and humid soils. In clay soils it suffers, especially if very dry.
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