• The purple fruits, which have a grape-like flavour, are a popular delicacy in Brazil. They're consumed fresh but the skin contains tannin, which can be toxic in large quantities.
  • The trees are grown in gardens in Brazil for their beauty.
  • The tree is cauliflorous, meaning fruits and flowers grow directly from the stems.

Where it grows

Native to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. It is tolerant of most soils but grows best in deep, fertile and leafy iron rich soils.

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  • Berry: simple fruit with one or more seeds immersed in a fleshy pulp; seeds not surrounded by hard seed coat as with drupes.
  • Stamen: male organ of a flower, including the anther-supporting filament and the pollen-producing anther.