Not to be confused with it’s cousin Brazilian Cherry, Eugenia brasiliensis or less confusingly known as Grumichama, is another small generous shrub that looks great with minimal care.
It usually tops out at 2m in height and has a very pleasing shape.
The flowers are lovely, perfumed, white and can occur twice in a year if watered frequently and planted in soil that drains well.
The fruit is generally all ready at once which means that preserving as a jam or jelly is necessary, which it does well.
The fruit is a delightful deep purple and the colour follows through very well to the most decadent looking jam.
As a jelly or sauce, it replaces Cranberry deliciously for meat and roast dishes.
The seeds are very viable but slower to germinate than most fruit seeds, and can take 8-10 weeks.