The Surinam cherry is a tropical flowering tree related to stoppers, but in South Florida it's rated as invasive and the fruits doesn't taste great. Watering: Lightly water the Surinam cherry tree so the soil feels moist to the touch. When Surinam Cherry trees do not receive sufficient water during fruiting, the fruit tastes like a Bell pepper, hence the name Cayenne Cherry. 3. In tropical areas with frequent rain showers, the tree only needs infrequent supplemental water. Surinam Cherry is native to South America; it is found from Guyana to southern Brazil and northern Uruguay. 2. They had a strange taste, almost like you licked a battery while eating an artificially flavored sweet tart. Known as Pitanga throughout Brazil, it is naturally a large shrub or small tree with a conical form, growing slowly to 8 meters in height. The leaves of the Surinam Cherry are thin, smooth edged, about 4 to 7 … It was introduced to Bermuda as a garden tree because it produces an edible fruit. 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