Well, this week was the time to harvest the first round of Jaboticaba from the tree. I was surprised the tree did so nicely - it was transplanted, actually relocated, about 100 feet due to some construction occuring at the house.
This is the amount I harvested, between 350-400 fruit:
And here I am boiling / simmering them for making juice used in preparation of Jaboticaba Jelly.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Click on the photo to see more detail, but the fruit actually grow on the trunk and main branches, and has a very tough and thick skin.
I eat the fruit fresh, but I have several friends who make jelly/jam from them.
The California Rare Fruit Growers site says that Jaboticaba can be propagated by seed, although since the grow so slow, you might as well do that for your children to enjoy with their kids
Posted by KZ at 6:30 PM
At this point in time, I only have the yellow flowering (and white/yellowish flesh) kind of this unique cactus. I am looking for some mature leaves from the red variety, if you have any :-)
My first introduction to this fruit was in Sicily, and I believe the variety I tried to be Opuntia littoralis, coastal prickly pear. If you have problems swallowing seeds, forget this fruit. Also, you must be very careful when harvesting - I use a thick silicon glove, and remove the fruit.
Then make one incision laterally, just to the depth of the skin. Two slices, one at each end, and then peel back the skin - watch for the spines!
Posted by KZ at 6:20 PM