The pitanga, Suriname cherry,Brazilian cherry,Cayenne cherry, or Cerisier Carré is a plant which mostly grows on South America's east coast. It is in the family Myraceae (the myrtles). The plant may resemble a cherry, but is not related to tue cherries. The Suriname cherry can be found from Suriname, French Guiana to southern Brazil, as well as parts of Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.It is known as pitanga throughout Brazil and Uruguay, or ñangapirí in surrounding countriesThe plant is realtively easy to grow, resists pests well, and high in antioxidants. The tree is also grown in the West Indies, specifically in Haiti, where it is known as Cerisier Carré, as is in French Guiana.
The Suriname cherry is often used in gardens as a hedge or screen. The tree was introduced to Bermuda for ornamental purposes but is now out of control and listed as an invasive species.
In Suriname this cherry is known as Monkimonki Kersie, also Montjimontji Kersie. The tree has also been introduced to Florida.