September 24, 2006 at 11:24 pm 10 comments

People often ask me if I miss Brazil. I don’t really miss places but I do miss family and friends, and also the food. Particularly the fruits. I miss having my papaya at breakfast (I tried it in Canada and Spain and it tastes like crap in both places) and some of the more exotic fruits like acerola and jabuticaba. Jabu-what? You heard it right – jabuticaba. It sort of looks like a grape – same principle, seed in the middle wrapped by this succulent flesh – but the skin is a little tougher and it can be much sweeter. It also grows differently. Instead of coming in a bunch that hangs off a plant, jabuticabas grew right from the bark and when it’s season it can cover the whole tree. My grandmother has two trees in her backyard and every year the family has a few weeks of jabuticaba-picking bonanza. My brother sent the recent pictures of this year’s events:

Picking jabuticaba


Entry filed under: Brazil, Brazilian food, Ethnic food, Food, Jabuticaba, Tropical fruits.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. guerson  |  September 24, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    PS: that tree has been around for ages. My parents took wedding pictures near it so it’s at least 35 years old…

  • 2. HD  |  September 25, 2006 at 12:53 am

    “….my favourite memory
    was under that tree
    that’s been there since
    I was three
    Now I would like to
    sing for you
    my jabuticaba song
    Isn’t she lovely
    like purple rain”
    (Bebel Gilberto)

    finally I know now!!! You know how I always wondered about that three that Bebel describes in her song. A thank you to your brother for the pictures. It is like purple rain indeed!


  • 3. HD  |  September 25, 2006 at 12:56 am

    …ESL whooops, three/tree….


  • 4. Alexandra  |  September 25, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Heidi!

    That’s great! Now you know what a jabuticaba tree is 😉 I’ve never seen it anywhere else so I did some googling. Apparently the tree is native of Brazil but has also been imported into California and a few other places in south america. Here’s a link: http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/jaboticaba.html

    It’s SOOOO good.

  • 5. Jen P.  |  September 26, 2006 at 8:03 am

    How bizarre (to someone who’s never seen anything quite like it)!

  • 6. Alexandra  |  September 26, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    If you think that´s strange, you should see a jaca. It grows in very tall trees and the fruits can be more than 90 cm long and reach a weight of 15 kg!!! Basically, one fruit can feed a family of 10 😉 I´ll try to find a picture somewhere…

  • 7. Bims Ajadi  |  January 4, 2007 at 2:06 pm


    Just wanted to say thanks for the information. I am based in the UK and play Capoeira, my nicname or “apilido” is Jabuticaba and In wanted to find out more about the tree…
    Thanks !
    Bims x

  • 8. Tania Weaver Gomes  |  February 20, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, what beautiful pictures you have here :).
    I have lived in the USA for the last 27 years, and I often talk about my wonderful childhood in Brasil, all the fruit trees we had in our backyard etc. One of my favorite fruits is Jabuticaba and I decided to look it up in the internet for some information, and let me tell you, you have definately done justice to this beautifull tree. Oh how I miss my home in Brasil.
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with all of us.

  • 9. sophia  |  April 30, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    thanks for sharing the pictures,i miss jabuticaba so much,more than my friends lol,if u have more pictures please send to me thank u.

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