Ugnis

Ugnis

About Ugnis

Ugni is a genus of about 10 species of plants in the myrtle family Myrtaceae, native to western South America and Central America from the Valdivian temperate rain forests of southern Chile and adjacent regions of southern Argentina, north to southern Mexico, and also the Juan Fernandez Islands of Chile. Ugni molinae (syn. Myrtus ugni, Eugenia ugni) is grown as an ornamental plant for its edible (The 'Ugniberry' or 'strawberry-flavoured berries'). Some commercial 'strawberry flavouring' is made from this species, not from strawberries. Myrtus ugni fruits are oblate and up to 1.5_cm in diameter with a purplish to deep cranberry color. They are used to make piquant drinks, desserts, jams, and jellies.