Here on the urban homestead we grow some quite odd/unusual fruit.  This year our tropical cherry bushes (aka surinam cherry) bushes are loaded with a decent harvest.

A decent harvest is when we get more than a (one) handful so that means asking “grandma google”  (ask Jordanne has so rightfully dubbed this search engine) for advice on using these fruit.

We tried out this recipe (I didn’t bother adding canned cherries, just increased the amount of surinam cherries instead) which turned out quite good.  So, the recipe’s a keeper and it goes into my every growing collection of recipes.


  1. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says

    Oh mercy that looks good!! Wanna ship a piece of that to Tennessee? lol

  2. Sue Charboneau says

    I have not seen this type of “cherry” in any nursery catalogs , could you tell me where you bought it?Thanks.

  3. Shirley says

    Sue, it is also called Barbados Cherry and is available here: It is about the 8th plant down usner the bananas.

  4. Shirley says

    Sue, the latan name is Malpighia punicifolia. You might can find some seed. The seeds are generally very slow to germinate, usually requiring from 6 to 12 months at minimum. Seeds should be kept in moderately moist soil at 70-85F. Do not overwater. Use well-drained soil. The
    fruit is really good when dead ripe.

  5. katecontinued says

    I would like to grow this fruit. I am on the lookout for edible shrubs, bushes, trees – because I am so excited about feral foods and hearty natives. So far I have discovered in my area – the strawberry tree, the banyon tree. loquot and Carissa or natal plum.

    Is this a seed you will be including in your seed business?

    Anais, those pictures (Justin?) are so mouth watering, so beautiful. Well done.

  6. Janice says

    Boy that looks heavenly & decadent, now THAT is what you call living richly. 🙂

  7. Sue Charboneau says

    Thank you Shirley, I found some on Tradewinds, but they were out of stock.Sue

  8. Homegrown says

    We have an enormous cherry bush in our back yard here in Barbados– now I know what to do with the cherries!!! It is about 25 feet high and the same across. The bush is just starting to bear again! Yipee!

  9. Marilyn says

    Thanks for sharing that sometimes your harvest is a “handful.” I’m working on improving my backyard “yields” and it’s good to know that experts like yourselves sometimes don’t have success. I feel better now about my “handfuls” of strawberries! P.S. Been a “lurker” for a loooong time!

  10. Robbyn says

    Wow, so glad to see that recipe! We just planted two surinam cherries a week ago and can’t wait to see if it fruits next year…your dessert pics look delish!


  11. karenhenks says

    Hi Anais,
    Would you mind sharing how you pitted the Surinam cherries? Did you use a regular cherry pitter, or a knife, or? Just wondering; we have Surinam cherries but I’ve never cooked or baked anything using them, they just ripen and fall so quickly……

  12. hmsclmom says

    My mouth started to water the minute I saw those Surinam cherries! They bring back such great memories of my childhood. I had friends who had a bush in Hawaii and I loved it when I got to share in the harvest!


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