1 Package of 15 Seeds - tiny
Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet but insipid. The Latin name 'unedo' means 'I eat one only' and suggests that the fruit is not very palatable, though another report says that the fruit is so delicious that a person only needs to eat one. It does have a somewhat gritty skin, but the fruit itself has the texture of a lush tropical fruit and has a delicate pleasant flavour.
For those people with sensitive taste buds, this is a fruit that can be enjoyed when eaten in moderate quantities. The fruit contains about 20% sugars and can be used to make delicious and nourishing jams and preserves.
It is ripe in November/December and is about 15mm in diameter. When fully ripe it falls from the tree and so it is advisable to grow the plant in short grass in order to cushion the fall of the fruit.
The Strawberry Tree grows to 5-10 m tall, rarely up to 15 m, with a trunk diameter of up to 80 cm. Zone: 7-10The leaves are dark green and glossy, 5-10 cm long and 2-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin.The hermaphrodite flowers are white rarely pale pink, bell-shaped, 4-6 mm diameter, produced panicles of 10-30 together in autumn.
They are pollinated by bees.The fruit is a red aggregate drupe 1-2 cm diameter, sometimes called arbutus-berry , with a rough surface, maturing 12 months at the same time as the next flowering.
Growing Info: Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours. Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days. Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.