Malpighia glabra - Barbados Cherry

Malpighia glabra – Barbados Cherry

We used to have some of these back in Key West – the fruit, also known as Acerola cherries, is high in Vitamin C and can be used to make jelly.  Or eaten as is.

While native to Texas, its natural range is in South Texas, and probably only bloomed this year because of the mild winter we had in 2011-2012.  Its also native to Mexico, south to South America to Brazil.

I attended a talk on edible native plans for your garden this past Tuesday. Like many of the other edible natives that I have, in experience the widlife take the lion’s share of any fruits and I am left with to scavenge the gleanings.