Manila tennis ball cherry is a native of Australia. This is rated as one of best tasting fruits from Australia. Besides Australia, it also grows in the tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Pacific Islands, Hawaii. Botanically known as part of Eugenia reinwardtiana, the Manila cherry is a member of the Myrtaceae family and a relative of the lily pilly berry.
These cherries grow as a shrub or small tree. They are enjoyed for the sweet edible fruits they produce as well as for ornamental purposes. Culinarily the fruits are used as a cherry in tropical regions where they grow.
- Tennis ball cherries have a rounded, shape and measure approximately 1 inch in diameter.
- White blooms precede the fruits and grow on stems nestled between pairs of dark green, oval to elliptical shaped leaves.
- The fruit is small, about the size of a small cherry, and round to oval in shape.
- The fruit is red or orange in color when ripe, with a thin, tough skin.
- The flesh is sweet and slightly tangy, with a flavor that is often compared to a mix of strawberries and cherries.
- The Manila Cherry tree is small, reaching only about 10-15 feet in height. It has dark green, glossy leaves and produces clusters of small, white flowers that give way to the fruit.
- The tree is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, but it prefers well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight.
- Manila Cherry can be eaten fresh or used in making jams, jellies, and desserts. The fruit is also used to flavor drinks and cocktails.
• The fruit is a source of antioxidants.
• Can boost exercise recovery.
• May benefit heart health.
• May improve sleep quality.