What are the pros? Its a beautiful, robust plant
What are the cons? berries very acrid
My berries were not delicious. They taste wonderful at first, a little like melony papaya, And then this horrible, acrid, bitter aftertaste hits that ruins everything. Everyone I gave them to had the same response and investigations on the web indicate that the plant is mostly used as an ornamental because the fruit is so bitter. Does this vary from plant to plant? Its so big (over 5'5'' now, with a trunk as big as my wrist) that I only grew one to maturity. Its really frustrating--because the berries are so beautiful and the initial flavor is so good. I tried infusing them in alcohol. The golden liquid tasted like a glorious liqueur that someone had poured a bottle of bitters into. I tried cooking them--which carmelized the wonderful tropical flavors but intensified the bitterness. I read that the skins are the source of the bitterness--so I tried extracting the juice--but no go. I am now trying to decide whether to chop down this gorgeous, healthy plant. Breaks my heart.
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