The Surinam cherry (not a true cherry) is planted in a lot of places around the world, South America, United States (expecially Florida), Hawaii and many other countries. In the Philippines, it is rarely found. However, a potted plant at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal has been fruiting even without any special care (photo).
The ribbed fruit is bright red when ripe. It is somewhat sourish but the taste is agreeable. It is juicy and is said to be rich in Vitamin C. The fruit has two to three seeds inside and can be germinated easily. It takes several years, however, for a seedling plant to bear fruit.