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The Truth about Sea Grape Trees

sea grapes hanging from a tree on the beach at Magens bay st Thomas USVI

Written by Coconut Post

Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

January, 2020

Unlike the coconut tree, sea grape trees are native to the Caribbean. The visual delights are extremely hardy, wind-resistant and tolerant of salt water and salt air. Sea grape trees flourish in extreme coastal environments including harsh sunlight and high winds. No wonder the lush greenery is found thriving all through the Virgin Islands. Another “plus” is that sea grape roots actually help to reduce sand erosion.  

And don’t believe the rumor about the Caribbean fruit being poisonous. It’s just not true. However, sea grapes are not ripe for eating until turning burgundy in color.


A bit about the iguana

Although iguanas have an off-putting pre-historic appearance — complete with spiny projections — these critters average about three-feet in length and are largely passive. However, iguanas tend to enjoy snacking on hibiscus and are consequently drawn to bright red colors in general. With that in mind, watch your toes if you happen to be sporting vibrant red nail polish. 


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