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Pacurí (Garcinia sp.) (new!)

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NOTE: these Garcinia sp. seeds are very difficult to find!

Introducing Pacurí: The Indigenous Fruit, “Beso de Miel”

Pacurí, known as “Beso de Miel” in Guarani (Misiones, Argentina), holds a sweet significance deeply rooted in indigenous cultures. This name evokes the fruit’s essence, reminiscent of a honeyed kiss, adding a poetic touch to its allure. Also referred to as Uvacupari, Bacoparí, and Laranjinha, Paucrí embodies a rich tapestry of cultural and ecological importance.

Origin and Distribution

It also thrives throughout Brazil, gracing diverse ecosystems with its presence. In the Amazon rainforest, it thrives in upland forests, while in the cerrado, it thrives in gallery forests near rivers descending from the Atlantic Forest mountains. From Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul along the southeastern coast, Pacurí flourishes in primary formations, clearings, and coastal sandbanks. It extends its reach to the Pantanal, often found on forest edges.

Observations

Regarding scientific classification, ongoing studies are required to distinguish between species and their respective varieties. Some argue that G. gardneriana is merely a variety of G. brasiliensis, merging the two species into one context. While distinctions exist, such as the texture of young branches and the scent of flowers, taxonomists debate whether the presence of a rostrum or tip on G. bardineriana fruits truly distinguishes it from G. brasiliensis.

The seeds sprout very fast… in fact, they will arrive already sprouted to your home.

Characteristics

Pacurí presents itself as a versatile shrub, reaching heights of 2 to 4 meters under full sunlight and transforming into a tree, towering 6 to 20 meters within forests. Its canopy, when exposed to sunlight, forms a dense, globular shape. The trunk, initially greenish-white, transitions to a brownish-gray hue with age, exuding abundant yellow latex when wounded. Its leaves, lanceolate or oblong, attach to the stem via short petioles. Delicate flowers emerge in clusters or singularly, each bearing unique charm. The fruits, resembling berries, vary in shape from rounded to oblong, boasting smooth skin.

Cultivation Tips

Pacurí proves adaptable to various soil types and climates, thriving across Brazil. It prefers temperatures ranging from 12 to 28 degrees Celsius for optimal fruit production, displaying resilience to both cold snaps and high temperatures. Suitable soils include clayey soils of flood-prone areas, fertile red or purple soils, and well-drained sandy soils. Adequate rainfall, with a minimum 90-day dry season, is essential for cultivation.

Planting and Maintenance

Spacing between plants should be a minimum of 5 by 5 meters in full sun or shade. Planting holes should be prepared three months in advance, incorporating organic compost, bone meal, and wood ash to promote growth. Planting should coincide with the onset of rains in March and April, with initial irrigation to support establishment.

Cultivation

While Pacurí requires minimal irrigation, maintaining a 10-centimeter layer of dry grass around the base helps retain moisture. Winter pruning aids in shaping and cleaning the plant, while early flowering fertilization promotes optimal fruit development. Organic fertilization in May further supports growth and fruit production.

Uses

Pacurí bears fruit from June to October, offering sweet, astringent, and refreshing flavors suitable for fresh consumption. The tree’s ornamental value enhances landscapes, making it a valuable addition to orchards, farms, and reforestation projects.

In conclusion, Pacurí, or “Beso de Miel,” represents more than just a fruit—it embodies cultural heritage, ecological significance, and culinary delight. Explore the wonders of Pacurí and enrich your surroundings with its beauty and bounty.

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