A portion of pitomba tree
Synonyms: Eugenia lucescens, Phyllocalyx luschnathium.
Pitomba fruits being sold in Brazil.
is a small, spreading evergreen tree or shrub which may attain a height
of 25 to 30 feet. It is a native of Brazil. The tree has a compact
growth habit with dense foliage and is quite attractive, especially when
in fruit. The leathery leaves are elliptical lanceolate, about 3 inches
long and are a glossy deep green color on the upper surface and light
green below. The white flowers which are up to 1 inch across, are quite
showy. The flowering takes place from April to June in Florida, USA.
Fruits of pitomba
The fruit is broadly
obovoid, about an inch long, with the apex crowned by 4 or 5 green
sepals, about ½ inch long. The thin skin is a bright orange yellow. The
soft, melting, juicy flesh is orange in color and aromatic, sweet to
subacid in flavor. The fruit contains 1 to several seeds attached to one
side of the seed cavity.
The fruit matures from
May to June and sometimes there is a light crop in the fall. A pitomba
tree can be propagated by seed. The plant usually begins fruiting in
about the fourth year after planting.
Pitomba fruits cut open.
The fruits are eaten fresh. These are also used for making juices, jelly and jam or sweets