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Sea Grapes - A Tropical Delight

Sea grapes are indeed a tropical delight. I used to teach Florida History in middle school and remember reading that the Native Americans here in the Sunshine State and throughout the islands of the Caribbean ate them. Well last week while I was out for a walk along the seashore, I gave them a try. It is currently that time of year when they are ripe and it was breakfast time so I thought.....heck, why not?!

At first I tried one that was just a little pink, but it was still too hard to eat so I picked a dark red one and it was truly delicious. It was a bit tart but then I don't like things that are too sweet anyway, so it was just right for me. After that, I walked along and collected landfills which I consumed and then I tossed the seeds under other sea grape bushes so that hopefully they too root and produce more of these wonderful treats for the birds, wildlife and people like me.

One man who walked by asked if I was actually eating them and I said I was.....his comment was that he had tried them before but he thought they were horrible......a matter of taste I guess. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where they grow, give them a try! This is the time of year that they are ripe!

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara-Jo:  thank you for the lesson on sea grapes.  New-to-me.  

Sep 26, 2020 12:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Barbara- when we lived in Florida, sea grapes were my favorites!!! I loved the big leaves and couldn't wait to see the grapes and photograph them. Must say, I never tried one though. 

Sep 26, 2020 03:39 PM
Wayne Posey, Broker on Florida's Space Coast
Posey & Co., REALTORS - Rockledge, FL
"Nobody knows the Space Coast like a Native"







Eat them? Really? I was born and raised on Florida's Space Coast, (East Coast of Central Florida) a  hop-skip and a just from Cocoa Beach. I thought they were just big ole  leafy salt tolerant ornamentals having of big leaves that drop off and blow around endlessly until they get caught on somebody's fence just to agitate me. Will have to check 'em out on my 240 step walk this evening to visit my Grandkids.



Sep 26, 2020 03:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Barbara-Jo,  They don't grow around here, so I have never had the opportunity to try them.  Sounds like a very interesting plant.

Sep 26, 2020 05:30 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

If you like tart things and/or salty, you will love sea grapes! Tart and salty are my favorites! Just remember, dark red are ripe, green are hard as a rock! Thank for the comments.

Sep 27, 2020 11:23 AM