Friday, May 30, 2008
The day that I walked that muddy trail over to Lira Maia's soybean field, I discovered a taperebá tree (Spondias sp.) with the largest fruit of this kind ever. Most trees (Spondias lutea) produce fruit about half this size. I thought I was about to feast on the fruit, but as I sank my teeth into it, I discovered that there wasn't much pulp. Most of it was seed. The same for the smaller fruits too. By the way, we can buy taperebá pulp year around in Santarém. It's one of the favorite pulps for making juices. The fresh fruit is an excellent appetizer with the local rum.