Edible Plants & Fruit of the Virgin Islands
Enjoy the videos of our Park Rangers as they taste new and different items throughout the park.
Noni, or Starvation Fruit (Morinda citrifolua)
The Hog Plum tree is native to the West Indies, and St. John. The fruit is commonly eaten raw, like we are eating it in the video. The Hog Plum are related to Mangos and have a sweet and sour taste...much like a sweetart!
Genip tree (Melicocca bijugata). Genips are native to South America, but are naturalized to Caribbean. They are believed to have been introduced to the Caribbean in pre-Columbian times.
The Seagrape Tree (Coccoloba uvifera) is a flowering plant native to coastal beaches throughout tropical America and the Caribbean. In late summer it bears green fruit in large, grape- like clusters. The fruit ripens to a purplish color and is ready to eat!
Last updated: December 14, 2016