Brazilian Grape, Not a Grape at All

by admin on June 7, 2013

Jabuticaba FruitThe jabuticaba fruit is also known as the Brazilian Grape. It is grown in Brazil, Australia and California. The jabuticaba has a delicious deep purple fruit that resembles a grape. This fruit is unique as it grows directly from the trunk of the tree. The purple skin covers a pink flesh which has a tangy flavor. Normally the tree fruits once or twice a year however with proper irrigation the tree can fruit year round in the tropics.

Because the fruit begins to ferment 3-4 days after harvest it is only readily available in its raw form in its growing areas. However it is available in jams, jellies, ice cream and wine. It also makes a energizing antioxidant fruit juice drink. The flavor of the fruit is like grapes, black currant, lychee, mangosteen and guava. It also has an exotic fragrance.

A powerful antioxidant known as jaboticabin has been found only in the jabuticaba fruit, so add it to your list of which fruits are good antioxidants. Jaboticabin is being studied for its anti-aging properties. The fruit is also a good source of vitamin C in fruits which benefits immunity and the peel has been found to be a good source of fiber.  A 100 gram serving of jabuticaba fruit contains 57 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C.

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