Local fruits: All you should know about sea grapes
Sea grapes found in St. Andrew
Growing up as a child in Barbados, one of the biggest pastimes is going to the beach. To make your time at the beach even more memorable, picking sea grapes from a tree nearby was an awesome addition.
Here is everything you need to know about sea grapes.
The correct name for sea grapes is ‘Coccoloba uvifera’. Its informal name came about as a result of where they are found and their colour. They are found along the coastline of Barbados, placing them close to the sea. They are also purple in colour once ripe.
It is one of the members of the buckwheat family. This means it is in close relation to a plant that is used to make one of Barbados’ favourite Christmas drinks - sorrel.
Sea grapes are not only found in Barbados. According to uncommoncarribean.com, they can also be found in The Bahamas, Florida, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Croix.
Just like most fruits, sea grapes are better to consume during a specific season.
Sea grapes have an unusual taste. Despite the name, their taste is not similar to that of the regular grapes used to make wine, and which can be purchased in supermarkets globally. The initial taste is salty which is followed by a savoury taste. When you bite into a sea grape, there isn’t much of a fruit to eat. As soon as you bit into the skin of the fruit, there is a big seed in the middle. It's not a fleshy fruit, but for lovers of sea grapes, it's just enough to savour and enjoy until the next season rolls around.