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Cedar Bay cherry


Introduction of Cedar Bay cherry


            Scientific name - Eugenia reinwardtiana


Cedar bay cherries scientifically known as Eugenia reinwardtiana and it belongs to the Myrtaceae family. Cedar Bay Cherries are also known as beach cherries. The Cedar Bay Cherries has its root in Australia and has also been ranked as one of the best tasting fruits in Australia. Apart from Australia Cedar Bay Cherry has also been found in the lands of tropical rainforest of Indonesia, Pacific Islands and Hawai. These wonderful tasting fruits have an inviting appearance to it. Cedar bay Cherries have a bright orange-red colored juicy, soft flesh that surrounds a cherry-like pit. Cedar Bay cherries have a sweet flavor tantalizing the taste buds with the flavors of the cherry combined with a tinge of grape taste in it. The thin-skinned fruit has a thin, fleshy, slightly juicy pulp with a mix of sweet and sour flavor surrounding a single seed. This fruit was popular amongst hippies who lived in tropical regions where it was mostly cultivated. Cedar Bay Cherry is a shrub tree and it grows up to 2 to 6 m (6.6 to 19.7 ft) in height. The Cedar Bay Cherry is cultivated though on a limited scale for its fruits in tropics. This tree cannot withstand frost and one must refrain from planting these trees in frost prone area.


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Nutritional Value of Cedar Bay cherry


Principle Nutrient Value per 100g Percentage of RDA
Cherry type Sweet Tart Sweet Tart
Carbohydrates 16.1 g 12.18 g 12% 9%
Protein 1.06 g 1.00 g 2% 2%
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g 1.6 g 5.5% 4%
Vitamins
Vitamin C 7 mg 10 mg 11% 17%
Vitamin A 640IU 1283 IU 21% 43%


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Various uses of Cedar bay cherry


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Below mentioned are the list of uses of Cedar bay cherry
The tree is cultivated for its most delicious tasting fruit the cherry, it can always be consumed right out of hand or even post processing.
This fruit forms a key ingredient in adding flavors to drinks, candies and other beverages
Cedar bay cherry is also a great source of antioxidants, one needs to consume them in order to purify blood.
The tree is well-suited to amenity horticulture in the tropics, and is grown in the median strips in Cairns. It is readily propagated from fresh seed.
A juicy and flavorful pulp having a very pleasant, berry or grape-like flavor. It is used to flavor to make jams and other preserves.
Apart from the fruit the tree also has a hard wood that is used commercially for its tough nature.
The wood is tough and makes excellent firewood ideal for bonfires. It is also used traditionally to make coconut husking stakes and was once used to make rice-pounding pestles.
Adding on to its commercial value and the wood that is derived the cedar bay cherry plant has become a tourist attraction for many forest enthusiast wanting to trek in the dense tropical forest on creeks and rocky water mouths.


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Propagation


Cultivation is only successful in the tropics also in areas with more or less frost in the subtropics. Occasionally these Plants can tolerate low temperatures as low as down to -1c. Found in the wild on limestone soils.
The cedar bay cherry can be propagated through germination and by cutting the shoots of the plant to induce growth. In the first method the process is supposedly slow and the seedling growth may not always be fast on the other hand cuttings which are also a bit slow in forming roots. One must use one's discretion and then choose the suitable method to propagate this plant accordingly.
This plant is very receptive to pruning and therefore can be trained into many shapes. This quality of the plant makes it one of the most sought after ornamental shrubs in various gardens and homes.


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