For several years in the past, fruit fanciers were interested in acquiring seedlings of Berba, a native of Brazil botanically known as Rodius edulis. The seedlings were not available, however, because they grow very slowly from seed. Berba is a small tree that bears a lot of small round fruits which are bright yellow when ripe.
The fruit contains two to four seeds that are coated with a white flesh that is sweetish sour, reminiscent of the taste of mangosteen.
While it is a native of Brazil, some people in Bicol claim that it can be found growing wild in the forest. That could be true. The possibility is that the friars of old brought the seeds to the Philippines many years ago. Then the birds dispersed the seeds, which could be the reason why Berba plants can be found in Bicol forests.
Berba seedlings are now available at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. You can contact Rose Banzuela at 0915-434-4216 for more information.