Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sapucaia fruit

It's that time of the year! The outdoor markets are abundant in sapucaia fruit (Lecythis pisonis). So abundant, as a matter of fact, that some are making their way into the supermarkets. I bought these at the Supermercado CR, close to home here on Turiano Meira Street. I always thought the edible part of this nut was that white protrusion you see in the image. It's very sweet and I find it delicious. Then I discovered that the Brazilians throw this part away. They eat the seeds, which are inside the brown capsules, the nuts. Sapucaia is a cousin of Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa). They are both in the Lecythidaceae family.

1 comment:

Sandpiper said...

It must be interesting to learn of all these different things. Certainly different from Alaska. :)