I first checked the tree on the 10th October. You would never know anything was happening under that greenery would you?
It is a bit of an effort to bend down and go under the tree but when I eventually manipulated myself under the branches while watching out for any snakes or lizards napping nearby in the sun I was very excited to see...
...the fruit starting to grow along the branches.
Three days later.
One week and one day later....
...the branches were covered in delicate flowers.
13 days after that....
...from flower to fruit.
Just over two weeks later on the 17th November....
...what a bizarre show!
19th November and some fruit is already ripe.
Unfortunately the fruit ripened during a heatwave so it was much too hot to cook Jaboticaba Jelly like I did last June. Just the thought of standing over a hot saucepan of simmering jaboticabas in 37C degree heat almost made me pass out. You can see how quickly the fruit ripen and you won't find any in the shops because the shelf life is only a few days.
If you grow one and don't have netting on the tree you have to keep a close watch on when the fruit is ripe otherwise the birds will beat you to it. You can see photos of the inside of the fruit here if you haven't seen it before. It looks like a grape but it has a tough skin with a seed inside and has an unusual and unique taste.
I think this must be the most unusual and bizarre tree that I have ever seen. Don't you agree?