Scientific Name(s): Malpighia galbra and other Malpighia species
What: flowers, berries
How: flowers raw or tea; fruit raw, jelly, jam, wine
When: spring, summer, fall, winter
Nutritional Value: vitamin C
Barbados cherries originally came from the Caribbean. When it was discovered that a single berry contains the daily recommended dose of vitamin C (That’s ONE cherry) it was quickly adopted by navies to help against scurvy and so was planted in many places. The plant doesn’t handle cold well, though it does fine in normal Southern winters if only a few hard frosts occur. They are evergreen, which increases their appeal in landscapes.
Plant in sunny, well-drained soil but do keep them watered. A layer of mulch will help prevent the roots from drying out.