Pitanga

Pitanga (Eugenia brasiliana) is the Brazilian cherry, native to tropical America. The taste ranges from sweet to sour. The word “pitanga” comes from Tupi-guarani pï’tana meaning “red” , or “what is red”. The tree named as Pitangueira, Pitangueira-vermelha, Pitanga-roxa, Pitanga-branca, Pitanga-rósea, Pitanga-do-mato is found throughout Brazil; it is a large shrub or small tree with a conical form, growing slowly to 8 meters in height.   Tortuous trunk and slightly grooved, 30-50cm in diameter.

It occurs from Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul, semi-deciduous forest. Moderately heavy wood, hard, compact, rugged, durable natural.  The wood is used for making tool handles and other agricultural tools.