On our first lap around, I didn’t see the Master Gardener’s Help Desk. But I did stop at Nature’s Partner to buy some lettuce. Peter Burkard owns the stand. He grows and sells local produce, plants and honey – all organic. Judging from his produce, he’s as good a source as any. I pulled out my sprig and asked him to identify it. He grabbed a leaf, snapped it in half, took a big whiff, and quickly said “Surinam Cherry.” Even though I asked him to repeat it, by the time we were leaving I could only remember s…something…cherry. These Rainbow carrots distracted me.
I finally spotted the Master Gardener’s Help Desk on our way out, so I grabbed the sprig. But neither of the two gardeners knew what it was! I told them someone told me it was a cherry, and only then with the help of a book did they identify it as a Barbados cherry. Google to the rescue! After searching a bunch of images, it looks like Peter’s native nose wins this one. It’s a Surinam cherry.