Thursday, June 19, 2008
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!