Jabuticaba: The Tree That Bear Fruits on its Trunk

Jul 3, 2013 3 comments

Jabuticaba is a Brazilian grape tree found in the states of Minas Gerias and Sao Paulo, in the south of Brazil. The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree, which gives the Jabuticaba tree a very unusual appearance. The fruit itself is a small and round, about 3 to 4 cm in diameter, with one to four large seeds, a thick, deep purple colored skin and a sweet, white or rosy pink gelatinous flesh. 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. During Jabuticaba season in Minas Gerais, thousands of street vendors sell fresh Jabuticaba in small net bags, and the sidewalks and streets are stained the same deep purple by discarded Jabuticaba skins.


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Jabuticaba is largely eaten fresh, but because the fruit starts to ferment just 3-4 days after harvest, they are often used to make jams, tarts, strong wines, and liqueurs. Due to the extremely short shelf-life, fresh Jabuticaba fruit is very rare in markets outside of areas of cultivation. The fruit also has many medicinal uses. 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. It also has several potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory anti-cancer compounds.

Although the Jabuticaba grows in most regions of Brazil, it’s found mostly in Minas Gerias. It’s association with the state is so strong that the Jabuticaba tree appears on the coat of arms of the city of Contagem, and another city in Minas Gerais, SabarĂ¡, hosts a Jabuticaba festival annually.


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Sources: Wikipedia, Flavors of Brazil


  1. lets grow this tree more... for more people to consume, BUT SMART to protect its health and WITHOUT any experiments with gene-changes and growing without chemicals...

    1. We already have grapes. Chemicals allow food to last longer, prevent pests and disease, and feed more people. Thanks to your concern for people's health and ignorance of food processing, many people starved and many more became malnourished, but at least the survivors got to eat all-natural fruit. Nice job.

      Also, people have been altering plants and animals for millenia. Look at the corn they have in stores. Look at the modern-day cow. Gene-changing is a way to improve food. It's ignorant people like you that shun vaccinations and wonder why their kids are so sick. On that note, please never ever have kids. Ever.

  2. Should be highlighted that Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais are southeastern states, not exactly south of Brazil. May sound like there's no real difference but the southeast of Brazil is tropical like the majority of the country whereas the states in the south (Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Catarina) are temperate


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