Eugenia Uniflora * Pitanga * Surinam Cherry * Sweet Tropical Flavor * Rare 5 Seeds *
Eugenia uniflora, the pitanga Suriname cherry Is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, native to tropical South America’s east coast, ranging from Suriname, French Guiana to southern Brazil, as well as Uruguay and parts of Paraguay and Argentina.
The edible fruit is a botanical berry. The taste ranges from sweet to sour, depending on the cultivar and level of ripeness (the darker red to black range is quite sweet, while the green to orange range is strikingly tart). Its predominant food use is as a flavoring and base for jams and jellies.The fruit is high in vitamin C and a source of provitamin A.
The leaves are also used for tea in certain parts of Uruguay.
The leaves are spread on some house floors in Brazil so that they exude a smell that repels flies when crushed underfoot.
Eugenia uniflora has several significant pharmacological properties. Its essential oil is antihypertensive,antidiabetic,antitumor and analgesic,and it has shown antiviral and antifungal activity. It has performed against microorganisms such as Trichomonas gallinae Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania amazonensis.
It also shows significant anti-inflammatory properties, and is used extensively as a folk remedy in South America against stomach diseases.