Pitangatuba (Eugenia neonitida)

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Native to Brazil, the rare, bright yellow Pitangatuba fruit has a very unique and extremely powerful flavor.  Pitangatuba fruit tastes simultaneously sweet, and acidic, with a apricot-meets-mango-like flavor that's really unlike anything you've ever experienced. 

Bright yellow Pitangatuba fruit is very soft and full of juice, with a unique tartness that's also remarkably similar to apricot. The incredibly fragrant fruit has a brief window of ripeness despite it's nearly ever bearing nature, and will likely never be found in grocery stores due to its short short shelf life. Stout and shrub-like, unlike other Eugenia species, Pitangatuba is known to flower quickly once established.  Pitangatuba fruit trees are very fast growing and thrive in subtropical-level humidity and full sun and light shade.

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How to Grow Pitangatuba

Plant Type: Fruiting Tree

Harvest Season: Spring - Fall

Mature Size: Up to 10 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Adaptable, but will thrive most in rich, well-drained soil with high humidity.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 (must be protected in Zone 9)

Tropical Fruit Fanatics, Rejoice

If you ever find yourself wandering through the Atlantic rainforest region of Brazil, as horticultural enthusiasts are wont to do, you may stumble upon one of many shrublike species of the Pitangatuba genus, Eugenia.  There are more than 1,000 unique species of the genus Eugenia, primarily found in the Americas. Many Eugenia species are similarly used in food and spices, but each has it's own distinct flavor and appeal.  The fun in collecting various Eugenia species comes from sampling the unique fruits.

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