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Surinam Cherries from Haiku Maui make a great jam

Surinam Cherries  or Pitanga, can be stewed up just like strawberries or blueberries, to make a thick sweet jam.  We have a couple of these bushes and one of them has been producing an abundant crop of these little bright red berries, about the size of a cherry.

Surinam Cherries from Haiku Maui

Surinam Cherries - Pitanga

They are tart to sweet, and loaded with vitamin C.  But how many can you eat at once?  Why not make jam?  Just put them in a pot with some sugar and boil it up until the mixture is thick and jammy.  Pick out the large seeds - usually one per cherry. Then pour into a sterilized jar and voila!  I was surprised to see how thick the jam was, so I guess there's a lot of pectin.

Living in Haiku Maui affords us a lot of edible landscaping and we make the most of it.  Neighbors will share their plants with us, and we reciprocate.  These Surinam Cherry plants were given to us since they reproduce easily.

Would you like to be living in Haiku Maui and growing your own fruits and veggies?  It's pretty great, and I can help you find a home... start your Maui MLS search here...

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779
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Comment balloon 7 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • April 10 2016 08:33PM


I cant say i have ever heard of those but just looking at them they look delicious.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Hello Georgie ...

These bananas and cherries look yummy.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 2 years ago

Thank you very much for the Surinam cherries lesson. Chef Dolores would love to experiment with them.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Aloha and thanks for visiting my blog!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 2 years ago

Georgie I have never see Cherries like that before and I consider myself being well rounded in the food I will have to look for them...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

The cherries sound good, but the banana harvest looks awesome! How can you eat so many?

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) At one of my former homes in Florida, I had a huge yard with countless Surinam Cherry bushes and they were very popular with the neighbors. They are delicious right off the bush!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

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