Monday, February 05, 2007
The fruit of the cupuaçu tree (Theobroma grandiflorum) isn't ripe until it actually falls off the tree. Locals say they know when there are fruit on the ground because they can smell them from quite a distance, even though they may not be broken open. Without a doubt, cupuaçu is the most popular and expensive fruit in the Amazon and the pulp is used for a great variety of foods, for example, juices, fillings for chocolates, ice cream, cake fillings and so on. Most foreigners like cupuaçu products but there are some people who liken them to durians. You either like them, or you don't. If it's the latter, prepare some reasonable excuse for refusing the fruit because the Brazilians always want to offer what they consider best in their environment and believe me, they love cupuaçu.