This plant is native to the West Indies, Central and South America, and has been spread beyond its natural range to tropical and subtropical regions of the world such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Florida. During World War II, the Barbados cherry was identified as being an excellent source of vitamin C, therefore, the USDA distributed seedling trees for growing in Victory Gardens and in school yards to increase the vitamin intake of children.
How to Select Barbados Cherries
Select firm, red cherries with stems attached. Avoid soft, shriveled or blemished cherries.
How to Store Barbados Cherries
Ripe cherries must be carefully handled to avoid bruising and should be used as soon as possible or frozen for future use. Store cherries in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Benefits of Barbados Cherries
Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A