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The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high acid content. The tart yellow berries are edible raw, but most often stewed with sugar, ginger and other spices.
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Nicole Greaux
10 years ago

we call it gooseberry here in the V.I

Jamaica
Jamaica
10 years ago

USVI or BVI or both?

Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
bunnyteemo
10 years ago

In the Cayman Islands, we call this a "chellomello" or "cherrimello". I personally love the fruit!

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Amirah
10 years ago

we call it sour cherry in Trinidad and Tobago

Grenada
Grenada
Cathy
9 years ago

We call it damsel or damson

Grenada
Grenada
Cathy
9 years ago

It also makes an amazing drink when boiled....and the stew is delicious. I'm experimenting and looking for other recipes with this fruit

Jamaica
Jamaica
Patrice
9 years ago

We call it jimbilin or cherrymeena in Jamaica

St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Delanna
9 years ago

We call them damsel

Jamaica
Jamaica
Carol
9 years ago

I know it as Jimbilin.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Jojo
8 years ago

Stew jimbilin or eating it as is was a great childhood past time

US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
VIKID
8 years ago

I remember calling them cherry

Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
8 years ago

When I visited family in Antigua, I'm pretty sure they called these Raspberry's. I remember thinking, that is no raspberry. Hahah.

Jamaica
Jamaica
patrick
8 years ago

This fruit is a poisonous fruit especially to persons with kidney problems.

St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts & Nevis
Antonio
8 years ago

Can make jam or drink

Jamaica
Jamaica
8 years ago

Patrick what symptoms does it present to persons when poisoned? My husband ate some last Tuesday ad developed a itch after bathing........I made juice with it the next day and his itch got worse........(We did not attribute the itch to the fruit) but now that Im seeing this....it has me thinking.........he does not have any kidney problems we are aware of

Guyana
Guyana
Ren
8 years ago

I know it as gooseberries

Jamaica
Jamaica
Princess
8 years ago

I ate so much of this fruit but never experience any side effects from it. I know it is tart or as we say sour but I love it. Patrick, what are some of the symptoms?

Jamaica
Jamaica
cecil
8 years ago

Hi. There is also some sweet jimbilin. When u eat the sour ones they say dem cur nature. Lol. Now u a talk when u talk bout stee jimbilin.

US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
Jana
7 years ago

Gooseberry - USVI

Jamaica
Jamaica
Stacey
7 years ago

I remember this as cherrymina.

Dominica
Dominica
7 years ago

Gooseberry-Dominica...don't they call those sour cherry in Trini?

Haiti
Haiti
Zimbline
7 years ago

Used for the preparation of jam and jelly.

Jamaica
Jamaica
7 years ago

I remember eating this fruit when I was a child.. Haven't seen it in years.. Wish that I could get some or the tree...

Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
Valencia
7 years ago

In Antigua, we eat it raw or in jams and also use it to make a drink. We call it rasberry. Great childhood memories of this fruit.

St. Vincent
St. Vincent
7 years ago

We call them Damsel or sometimes damzo

Jamaica
Jamaica
ogram
7 years ago

I know it as jimbilin ..used for stews. I am in India ..they call this Amla

Jamaica
Jamaica
Lionel
7 years ago

I usually eat this as a child. Do not recall any adverse effect except sourness.

Guyana
Guyana
Keith
7 years ago

Gooseberry in Guyana.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Seeking it in Atlanta
7 years ago

Wish I could find it here. Stewed it is a great topping for meats or desserts

Belize
Belize
Sapra
6 years ago

We call it Sapra in Belize but I've never seen us stew it. We just eat it with salt and pepper or soak it in salt and a little vinegar. It's never made me sick and I eat tons of it!

US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
Stephen
6 years ago

Now living in Oklahoma USA. I remember them as gooseberries, I so miss them as well as Genips, Mangoes, Tamarinds, Limes, Coconuts, and Sugar Apples...... all freshly hand picked by "ME"

Jamaica
Jamaica
Bobzy
6 years ago

JIMBILIN !

Jamaica
Jamaica
yardyman
6 years ago

Jimbilin aka starfruit aka carambola.. whether stewed, chilled and eaten ripe or juiced....delicious

Jamaica
Jamaica
Nour
5 years ago

I also know it has jimbilin (jumbelin) it grew near the gully were I resided ( Duhaney Park Kgn 20)

Jamaica
Jamaica
Jae
5 years ago

My sis still has a tree in her back yard. When it's in season it usually produce so much of the fruit you don't know what you do with it all. Makes the most delicious preserve when cooked down with sugar and ginger etc. Great topping ideas.

St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts & Nevis
Elrick
5 years ago

Gooseberry we call it in SKN. i remember eating alot of these (raw and as jam) growing up, no adverse effects except sour lol. Is the stew like making a more runny jam?

Barbados
Barbados
5 years ago

The acid probably caused a reaction. I broke out in hives from eating bajan cherries which are extremely high in vitamin c.

Barbados
Barbados
5 years ago

The acid probably caused a reaction. I broke out in hives from eating bajan cherries which are extremely high in vitamin c.

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Andre
5 years ago

Sea grape or gooseberry. Either in Lucia

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Andre
5 years ago

Sea grape or gooseberry. Either in Lucia

St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Andre
5 years ago

Correction: sea wet or gooseberry

Jamaica
Jamaica
Royland
5 years ago

I know this fruit as cherrymina and normally use it with sugar, ginger to make jam or stew.

Jamaica
Jamaica
gary
5 years ago

I know it as Jimbilin and it makes lovely wine too very strong.

Jamaica
Jamaica
gary
5 years ago

I know it as Jimbilin and it makes lovely wine too very strong.

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Joseph
4 years ago

Planted 3 trees about five years ago. Gave them bearing salt and they grow among several other fruit trees that are bearing. THEY HAVE NEVER PRODUCED. HELP!

Jamaica
Jamaica
Thelma in NY
4 years ago

Jimbilin grew up eating it as a child. Fresh off the tree or stewed. As far it being poisonous is a ridiculous claim, I don’t even know how people come up with these outrageous statements

Jamaica
Jamaica
Stanley
4 years ago

As a Boy I eat a ton of this fruit , we called it sour Bauge , it is now considered the King of the fruit Kingdom loaded with vitamins C and a ton of other health benefits.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Ann
4 years ago

I would love Patrick to give a response to questions about the effects of jimbilin to people with kidney issues. I am also curious.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Pedro
4 years ago

star fruit is what causes kidney problems.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Ann
4 years ago

I know the fruit and I presently have a tree at home . Heavily laiden . Very nice fruit.it really takes me back in time

Jamaica
Jamaica
Pocahontas
4 years ago

As a child I ate this fruit and we called it Cherrymeena. Yes it was sowah (sour), but we loved it. I haven't seen it for years

Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
David Christian
4 years ago

Rasberry not Raspberry lol

Jamaica
Jamaica
Leslie-Ann
4 years ago

Jimbilin, that sour fruit which as a child I ate sour or stewed. When stewed it resembles large raisins. Used to pour the stewed ones on ice cream and enjoy. Yunmy

Dominica
Dominica
Flex
4 years ago

You can find them in the Caribbean store. In Decatur. Atlanta area. They only have in bottle to preserve it.

Dominica
Dominica
Christmas
3 years ago

We call it gooseberries, in Dominica

St. Vincent
St. Vincent
Ari
3 years ago

We call them damsel in vincy

Jamaica
Jamaica
Ms, Lucy
3 years ago

I have never had stewed Jimbilin; however I ate a lot of the fresh fruit, straight from the tree. Is the fruit the same as the Indian Amla?

Jamaica
Jamaica
Beverly
3 years ago

Yes buoy me remembah nyamin Jimbalin when I waz a Pinckney (a chile) a dem deh in Jamaica! It sowah ye seh! But, de tree it look pretty!

Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
Sandra l
3 years ago

This .is 2021 May 15 they are in season now plenty full

Jamaica
Jamaica
Seana
3 years ago

I love stewed Jimbilin. I have not had any since my adult years. Wish I could getbsome now...lol

Jamaica
Jamaica
Andrew
3 years ago

I know it as Jumbilin in St. Catherine JA

Jamaica
Jamaica
Lorraine
2 years ago

Jimbilin. Sour but delicious 🤤Stew Jimbilin is the best, but don't eat too much ....powerful laxative.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Bobby
2 years ago

The star fruit is known to be a good anti-inflammatory for various skin disorders

b
b
2 years ago

we call it Sapra

Jamaica
Jamaica
Isha
2 years ago

Having a reaction to this fruit might be because of the high acidity of the fruit .

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Em
2 years ago

We call it sour cherries

Dominica
Dominica
Wdw
2 years ago

We call that gooseberries

Jamaica
Jamaica
2 years ago

Star fruit or Jimbilin is different from Cherrymeena berries. Different parishes normally associate diverse name but it's totally from star fruit. Additionally, it's not poisonous.

Belize
Belize
Ryan
2 years ago

Called "Sapra" in Belize

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
last year

I know them as Cerise

Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Cyn
last year

Sour Cherries as it's known in Trinidad, it makes a best homemade wine as well as chow, and jam.... does anyone know how it is grown??

Jamaica
Jamaica
Tracy
last year

Can anyone tell me how I can get some jimbilin/cherrymena to purchase?

Jamaica
Jamaica
last year

I would love to purchased some. Does anyone have the tree and wants to sell me some or where can I find it to buy.

Jamaica
Jamaica
last year

I would love to purchased some. Does anyone have the tree and wants to sell me some or where can I find it to buy.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Marlene
5 months ago

Cherry Meena can still be found in Savanna la Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica. Grown in people's yard.

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Jackie
3 months ago

I learned to stew it recently, and used to eat it as a child. It s quite delicious.