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fev 12, 2018

8 Brazilian fruits you MUST try

Brazil is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, with an incredible variety of native fruits which are rarely seen elsewhere on the planet. Here are some unique Brazilian fruits which you may not have heard of, but you need to try at least once in your life.

Cambuci

Found in the south and southeast of Brazil, the cambuci fruit is notable for its remarkable perfume, which is sweet and very noticeable. Taste-wise, the fruit is closer to a slightly sweeter version of lime, and though it is related to the guava, it is much more sour.

Cupuaçu

Native to the Amazon, cupuaçu is a perfect example of the unique and exotic varieties of fruit Brazil has to offer. A distant cousin of cacao, the cupuaçu fruit is a coconut-sized shell with a creamy white pulp that has the curious aroma of pineapple mixed with chocolate. However, the juice of the fruit tastes like two different fruits entirely, being more of a mixture of pear and banana.

Araçá

The acidic flesh of this small berry-like yellow fruit is usually too sour to be eaten raw, but it makes excellent preserves and desserts.

Mapati

Also known as the Amazonian grape, due to its spherical purple fruits growing in a bunch like regular grapes, mapati has a sweet gelatinous flesh which is rich in carbohydrates, fiber and minerals such as calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Cerrado pear

Native to the entire tropical savannah region in Brazil known as the Cerrado, the only similarity of the Cerrado pear (perinha-do-cerrado, in Portuguese) to a common pear is the shape. Smaller and fuzzier, the Cerrado pear has no direct link to regular pears, and has a far more bitter flavor, good for making juice and ice cream.

Uvaia

Originating in the south and south-east of Brazil, the uvaia is a golden yellow fruit which has an appearance somewhere in between a lemon and an orange. The flesh is very sour, so it is not usually eaten raw, but juice made from uvaia is particularly delicious.

Grumixama

Also known as the Brazil cherry, the grumixama tree produces small, purple fruits which are similar to cherries in their appearance and sweet taste. Grumixamas are believed to be very beneficial for human health, containing high levels of antioxidants, as well as vitamins B1, B2 and C.

Cagaita

The cagaita, a delightful and succulent small green-yellow fruit, has a delicious soft texture and pleasant sour taste. Eating too many is not recommended however, as the cagaita has a significant laxative effect.