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Barbados cherries: not your father’s cherry

The Barbados cherry tree at the Manatee County Extension Office in Palmetto.
The Barbados cherry tree at the Manatee County Extension Office in Palmetto. jodea@bradenton.com

If you haven’t tried the Barbados species of cherry, you’re missing out on a tropical delight that can grow right here in Manatee County.

I was lucky enough to sample one from the Manatee County Extension Office’s garden last week. It was tangy and a bit sour, probably because of the abundance of vitamin C found in the roughly quarter-sized fruit. The flavor was a far jump from the maraschino cherries I’m used to, usually perched atop whipped cream on chocolate milkshakes.

The Barbados cherry can go by many a name, including acerola in Spanish, cerisier in French and cerejeira in Portugese, according to this Purdue University informational page.

Tours of the Manatee County Extension Office garden are provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit the office at 1303 17th St. W. or call 941-722-4524 for more information.

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