Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cupuaçu seedling

Cupuaçu seeds (Theobroma grandiflorum) germinate real easy and it's always a pleasure putting them in the ground. Cupuaçu is probably the most expensive fruit in the Amazon, whether bought as a fruit, or in pulp form. As the genus name implies, this tree is a cousin of the chocolate tree, or cacao. The fruit, itself, doesn't look like cacao, but the leaves are similar. Seeds of the cupuaçu can also be used to make chocolate. I've not seen it, but evidently it's a white chocolate. Over the years I've discovered that some foreigners like foods made of cupuaçu and others can't stand it. I've never met a Brazilian who didn't appreciate the fruit!


A&A Maynor said...

I stumbled across your site looking up an alamanda plant. I have enjoyed viewing your blog and will come back often. I have friends in Para, Brasil and visited them for month in 2001. I love brasil! They live near the town of (in english "The Zero") I forgot the portugeuse word.
Keep writing! Obrigado!
Andrew Maynor

~Regina~ said...

I had bought a hand lotion in a Cupuacu scent while in Manaus, and I must say, I loved it. I wish there was some left!