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.

Plant Type
Tropical/Subtropical Perennial Evergreen Fruit Tree/Fruiting Shrub

Harvest Season
Spring, Summer

Mature Size
Up to 6-12 ft tall with a canopy spread of up to 4 ft.

Soil & Moisture
Likes moist, rich well-draining soil. Pitangatuba trees respond quickly to irrigation, the fruit rapidly becoming larger and more flavorful in flavor after a good watering. 

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-12 with frost protection until established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation
Small/Medium Pot Sizes: Grown from seed or tissue culture and will be mature enough to fruit within 2-3 years.
Large Pot Size: Grown from seed or tissue culture and ready to produce within 1 year. 

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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 fruits are used in food and spices, but each has it's own distinct flavor and appeal.