BLACKBERRY JAM FRUIT
(Randia formosa)

 

 

A shrub of blackberry jam fruit

 

Family: Rubiaceae

Synonyms:  Gardenia maritime, Mussaenda formosa, Randia mussaendae, Randia ruizina

Other names: Jasmin de Rosa, raspberry bush.    

 

Blackberry jam fruit is a fruit from Central and South America, especially in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.  It mostly grows wild but is also sometimes planted by local people.

            The plant of blackberry jam fruit bears fragrant flowers too besides edible fruits.

Description:

A small bushy shrub, 1.5 to 2 m tall.

Flowers large, white, 4-5 cm wide, star shaped, tubular, very fragrant, hence attracting nocturnal moths.

Blackberry jam fruit foliage

Fruits small, olive shaped, 2.5 cm wide, yellow, woody shelled and looking like small loquats; these can be easily crushed between teeth; contain two cells.

A flower of blackberry jam fruit

Seeds 2, flattened, surrounded by sweet black soft pulp tasting like blackberry jam.

Utilization:

The fruits are eaten fresh.  The fresh pulp of this fruit tastes exactly like blackberry jam. As the pulp is not excessively sweet like common jam, so many people rate this fruit better than any preserve.  When someone sees the blackberry jam fruit shrub all covered by yellow fruits, he is tempted to pick, crack open all of them, and suck out the sweet and tasty exotic pulp.  This is one of those fun rare fruits than one never gets tired of!

A ripe fruit of blackberry jam fruit

Cultivation:

Blackberry jam fruit is basically a tropical fruit but it can also be planted in areas that are marginally subtropical.  It can bear mild frosts upto -3 C.  This fruit enjoys full or partial sun, and acidic soil. Generally, the plant is fairly easy to grown and can make a container specimen in colder areas.  It can also be trained as a miniature tree.

Black pulp of blackberry jam fruit

            New plants can be raised from seed.  The seedlings grow into compact plants with dense foliage.  The come into bearing in 1.5 to 2 years.

            Blackberry jam fruit is a heavy bearer.  Under tropical climate, it may continue flowering and fruiting through out the year.

 

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