Sunday, 15 February 2009

Peeking At Pika: Cerise

C is also for Cerise Ceriz peyi Cherry

There are many fruits and vegetables here which have the little tag "pays" or "peyi" added at the end. What it really means is it is a "wannabe" cherry! It's quite like one, but the differences are major in my opinion!

From my investigation for this post, I discovered it is actually called an acerola or Barbados cherry or wild crapemyrtle.

This is one of our two cerisiers at Pika and currently not in fruit, although they have a few periods of harvest through the year.

Local cherries are small and orange or red when they are ripe, and made up of three little segments with pips. It takes a lot of chewing and spitting out to get the fleshy part out. Oh yes, "pays" also means "far more complicated"!We enjoy the cherries as they are or else they also make a very fine juice, blended with water and then sieved several times to get rid of the seed part. They aren't entirely sweet (many fruits here are tangy rather than sweet and this is one of them) unless they are very ripe.

Good for you

It is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C and also a good antioxidant.

Acerola also contains: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and Beta-Carotene. It also has plenty of uses in herbal medicine, including fighting fungi.

Photos: All Pika unless otherwise stated

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