Eugenia luschnathiana (Pitomba) Seeds
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Eugenia luschnathiana (Pitomba) is native to the state of Bahia, Brazil and is also known as pitomba-da-bahia, uvalha do campo, ubaid do campo or uvalheira in Brazil. It shares the common name pitomba with another South American species, Talisia esculenta. Unpruned, the plant grows a a bushy evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 4–10 m high in its native range. The leaves are opposite, 3–7 cm long, oblong-lanceolate, dark green above, pale below, with a short petiole and a leathery texture. The flowers are 1.5–2 cm diameter, with four (rarely five) yellowish-white petals. The fruit is a globose, bright orange-yellow berry 2.5–5 cm long, containing one or two (rarely up to four) 1 cm diameter seeds. The trees produces fruit at 3-5 years old and does not appears to need cross pollination. The fruit and has a thin, tender skin, and a soft, juicy, golden-yellow pulp. The fruit changes color from green to yellow in a period of 1-2 days and must be picked within a few days of changing color. The fruit has a 1-3 day window to pick it when it is best tasting. The pulp is aromatic and there is a but of the resinous in flavor commmon in Eugenias. The fruit is used for jellies, preserves and carbonated beverages. Eugenia luschnathiana has been grown among rare fruit collectors in the United States, but is still quite rare. Cultivation is limited to subtropical regions, with the species able to tolerate frosts only down to about −1 °C.