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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Barbados gooseberry

Pereskia aculeata (Barbados gooseberry) is a species of Pereskia, a genus of unusual cacti with spiny non-succulent stems and large leaves. It is native to tropical America.

It is a scrambling vine growing to 10 m tall in trees, with stems 2-3 cm thick. The leaves are 4-11 cm long and 1.5-4 cm broad, simple, entire, and deciduous in the dry season. The flowers are white, 2.5-5 cm diameter, and numerous, produced in panicles. The fruit is a yellow to orange berry 2 cm in diameter, edible, containing numerous small seeds. It somewhat resembles the gooseberry in appearance, is generally yellow in color and of excellent flavor.

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