|GENIPA AMERICANA - Genip, Marmalade box |
A medium-size tree, native to South America. It is a difficult plant to grow but a few can be found in South Florida. The fruit are large, orange-sized, green or reddish-brown. They must be soft and overripe before being eaten. A thin skin surrounds a layer of granular flesh which in turn surrounds soft brown pulp containing many small seeds. The flavor and aroma are strong. lt is eaten fresh, fermented as a drink, or used as a refreshment. Propagation is by seed.