Jaboticaba

Jaboticaba is the fruit from the Jabuticabeira tree (Myrciaria cauliflora) native to the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. The name is derived from the Tupi word “jabuti” (tortoise) + “caba” (place), meaning the place where you find tortoises. Its small fruits of white flesh and black skin adhered to the single seed, are mainly consumed fresh, or in the form of jelly, juice, liquor, spirits, wine and vinegar.

The tree, up to 10 m tall, with up to 40 cm in diameter. It is found more in floodplains of the banks of rivers and lowlands of rain forest. It blooms in spring and summer, producing large quantities of fruit. The flowers and fruit grow in clusters on the trunk and branches. The dispersal of fruits is done by wildlife, including birds.