Today we harvested kilos of fruit from one of the berry plants we hedge. Jaboticaba (Plinia cauliflora), otherwise known as the Brazilian grapetree, has fruit like grapes - sweet, round, juicy and delicious!
Jaboticaba is great as a hedge but also in a pot, in a food forest, on a verge, in community garden or school garden - a neat, hardy and delicious tree.
I have a few Jaboticabas in my home garden. They are slow growing and reasonably small still, just a couple of metres tall, but that's as big as I want them to get otherwise the fruits are out of reach. It will be getting a haircut soon.
Other fruit trees I hedge are things like Acerola Cherry (Malpighia emarginata), Grumichama (Eugenia brasiliensis) and Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii). Their dense foliage, shiny leaves, interesting flowers make a great hedge and it means I can better access the fruit.
I really love the idea of making every part of the garden productive and delicious. There are a lot of hedge plants that provide nothing but a screen. It's such a great idea to add extra value to it - food, habitat, mulch ....
I really like to eat the fruit of Jaboticaba fresh. I like the pop it makes when you bite into it followed by the burst of sweetness. I typically spit out the thickish skin, which is a little tart tasting, but sometimes I eat that too.
After harvesting the fruit only lasts a few days so depending on the harvest size, it could be necessary to make jam, cordial, wine, tarts or liquer.
Jaboticaba as a small hedge:
- Jaboticaba responds well to being trimmed.
- Jaboticaba keeps it's leaves right down to the ground.
- Jaboticaba's leaves stay looking shiny and welcoming in both the wet and dry seasons.
- It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
I like Jaboticaba at the entrance to my garden because:
- The plant delineates where the footpath to my house is.
- I see it everyday and can and keep watch for when the flowers are forming - it reminds me to keep an eye out for the fruit.
- I see when the fruit is ripe so I can harvest it before the birds get to it.
What edible hedges do you/could you eat?
- What plants work best for this in your climate?
- What is your favourite edible hedge?
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