Umbu

The Umbu is the fruit from the Umbuzeiro. It is native to northeast Brazil, where it grows in the Caatinga. The round fruit is light yellow to red in colour, around 2–4 cm in size, and has a leathery shell. The flesh is soft and juicy, with a sweet taste and distinct aroma. The fruit of the Umbu are round and can be of varying size: they can be as small as cherries or as large as lemons. The peel is smooth and green or yellow when the fruit ripen, the small firm fruits are juicy and flavorful and their succulent flesh hides a large dark pit. The Umbuzeiro (Spondias tuberosa Arruda) or known as Umbú, Imbú, Ombuzeiro, Ambu, Giqui, Taperebá. The species occurs in the Caatinga of Northeast Brazil. It´s a small tree but wide up to 15 meters. Given the importance of their roots, was called “sacred tree of the Wild”. Its root conserves water and produces a potato, that in times of great drought, is used as food.. The Umbuzeiro lives about 100 years and is a symbol of resistance. In the days of colonial Brazil was called Ambu, Imbu, Ombu,  from the Tupi-Guarani indian language “y-mb-u”, meaning “tree-that-gives-a-drink.”.