The Jabuticaba, Brazilian grape tree

The fruit tree has salmon-colored leaves when they are young, turning green as they mature. It is a very slow growing tree which prefers moist, lightly acidic soils for best growth. It is widely adaptable, however, and grows satisfactorily even on alkaline beach-sand type soils, so long as they are tended and irrigated. Its flowers are white and grow directly from its trunk in a cauliflorous habit. Naturally the tree may flower and fruit only once or twice a year, but when continuously irrigated it flowers frequently, and fresh fruit can be available year round in tropical regions.

The fruit is 3-4 cm in diameter with one to four large seeds, borne directly on the main trunks and branches of the plant, lending a distinctive appearance to the fruiting tree. It has a thick, purple, astringent skin that covers a sweet, white or rosy pink gelatinous flesh.Common in Brazilian markets, jaboticabas are largely eaten fresh; their popularity has been likened to that of grapes in the US. Fresh fruit may begin to ferment 3 to 4 days after harvest, so they are often used to make jams, tarts, strong wines, and liqueurs.

Due to the extremely short shelf-life, fresh jaboticaba fruit is very rare in markets outside of areas of cultivation. Traditionally, an astringent decoction of the sun-dried skins has been used as a treatment for hemoptysis, asthma, diarrhoea, and gargled for chronic inflammation of the tonsils

7 Responses to The Jabuticaba, Brazilian grape tree

  1. Pranaworld says:

    this is the most unusual fruit that i have ever seen. thank you.

  2. James says:

    My grandmother in Miami has a Jabuticaba tree! I love them, but do not eat to many or you will have diareah for a week!


  3. Tess Elliott says:

    Now this is what Paradise is all about. It’s why the tropics often look like our idea of the perfect place, where you just reach out and pluck y our food. I think we need to see how some of the tropical fruits can be be grown in the northern gardens for food. Already, the zones are changing to accommodate plants that could only grow in the South. We seriously need to grow more local food EVERYWHERE. Fruiting trees like this would help.

  4. Ziga says:

    This fruit looks delicious. As far as I understand they are almost impossible to get outside their cultivation area? pity…

  5. Zadelia says:

    Interesting looking tree :)

  6. Rania says:

    What a strange tree, is the fruit tasty??

  7. Angelica says:

    I grew up eating this fruit from the tree we have in our backyard in the South of Brazil. It’s sweet and white in the inside, very nice! We have to watch for the birds for they get to the fruit before we do! The fruit grows straight from the branches of the tree. It’s very nice to look at the tree when it’s blossoming and later on when it’s full of fruits. I’ve taken pictures of our tree myself. The pictures posted over here are indeed beautiful! Thank you for showing Jaboticaba to the world :)

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