Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Remember the funky tree in my backyard? Well I found out it is officially called Jabuticaba. Its common name is Brazilian Grape Tree, and it's Guarani name is yvapurũ.

This is what I found out about this tree: It is a very unusual tree native to Brazil whose fruits are formed directly on the trunk and branches. The grape tasting fruit has a thin astringent purplish black skin, with a sweet white fleshy pulp and can be eaten fresh or be used to make jellies and drinks (plain juice or wine).

Up to four times a year small yellow-white flowers followed by the fruit dramatically emerge directly from the trunks, limbs and large branches.
Traditionally, the sun-dried skins have been used as a treatment for asthma, diarrhea, and gargled for chronic inflammation of the tonsils. So now we know!
(These pictures are from wikipedia and internet)


  1. Oh wow! We call these Monkey grapes in Venezuela. I never knew they actually grew on the trunk and branches. How did I miss that?

  2. Very interesting. I´ve never seen anything like it! You should charge an entrance fee, to see your tree.... haha