Brazilian Fruits

What are the fruits of Brazil?

brazilian-fruits

Brazilian Fruit

 

Brazil is one of the top fruit producing countries in the world, you can find all kinds of fruits in this country. Besides many native fruits, there are a variety of fruits that are not native to Brazil and have been introduced to the country which grows in great abundance, such as oranges and kiwi.

Brazil is one of the largest producing countries of oranges. If you like to drink orange juice, chances are it is made with oranges grown from Brazil.

Brazilians all eat a large amount of fruits that come from everywhere in Brazil because the land is very fertile, the most common type of fruits are: mango, guava, cashew fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, orange and plum, banana and more. There is also many types of exotic fruits only native to the Amazon region.

It is estimated that there are atleast over 300 Brazilian fruits in Brazil. Brazil is the land of many native fruits such as Guarana and Acai, which are grown in the Amazon region of Brazil.

Lets take a look at the fruits of Brazil.

Typical fruits of Brazil

Guarana - Amazon fruit - Brazilian fruit

Guarana: is a small reddish berry-like Brazilian fruit that is very sweet and juicy. This Brazilian fruit comes from Amazon and is used in numerous products in Brazil such as in guarana-flovored sodas. Guarana is an effective stimulant as it contains about twice the caffeine found in coffee beans (about 2-4.5% caffeine in guarana seeds compared to 1-2% for coffee beans). Also, guarana has also been shown to increase memory and alertness.



açaí - Amazon fruit - Brazilian fruits

Açaí: is a Brazilian fruit which is a type of berry that grows on the açaí palm trees and is native to the Amazon region. Acai berries are purplish-black berries that are similar in appearance but larger than a blueberry. The fruit has been eaten by natives of the Amazon for generations.

Nowadays you can find juices and ice creams of acai everywhere in Brazil and is steadily moving into other countries.
Acai is rich in a number of vitamins and athletes have found it a good and quick source of energy and also because of the many health benefits, açaí is used in juices, smoothies, drinks, powders, supplements, energy drinks, and in weight loss products.



caju - cashew tree - fruit of Brazil

Caju: cashews, it is usually used to make juice and the seed of the fruit is used to make nuts, which are a popular snack.



brazil nut - Brazil fruits

Brazil nut: Brazil nuts are actually seeds that are inside the fruit which grow on the Brazil nut tree. Inside the fruit are 8-24 seeds that are typically 4-5 cm long. Brazil nuts grow on enormous trees in the Amazon rainforest and reach 30-45 meters (100-150 ft) high and can live from 500-1,000 years. Brazil nuts are harvested from wild trees and are a good source of some vitamins and minerals.


abacaxi

 

Abacaxi (Pineapple), many don’t know that the Pineapple is native to South America (not Hawaii). Pineapple is a favorite breakfast fruit of many Brazilians.

coconut-water
 
Agua de coco da Bahia (Bahia Coconut water) it’s a very popular drink on the beaches in Brazil.

goiaba_vermelha

 
Goiaba ( Guava) is white, green or yellow and has a red inside. This fruit is very high in vitamins A, B and C. It is usually used to make pasta of guava and its can be eaten together with white cheese.

maraja
 
Maracuja ( Passion fruit) Most common is the large yellow variety. Passion fruit is as a popular drink or used to make some kind of sweet like mousse.

cacau-cacao
 

Cacau (Cacao) many people have never seen the cocoa fruit the main ingredient to make the chocolate using the seeds from cacao, it’s originally from Bahia. You still can eat the white fruit that covers the cacao seeds.


jackfruit

Jaca (Jackfruit) are known for having a distinct aroma and the flavor is similar to a tart banana. The flesh of the jackfruit is starchy and fibrous, and is a source of dietary fibre. In Brazil, three varieties are recognized. These are: jaca-dura, or “hard” variety, which has firm flesh and the largest fruits that can weigh between 15 and 40 kilograms each; jaca-mole, or “soft” variety, which bears smaller fruits, with softer and sweeter flesh; and jaca-manteiga, or “butter” variety, which bears sweet fruits, whose flesh has a consistency intermediate between the “hard” and “soft” varieties.

carambolas

Carambola is a pale-yellow to green fruit with ribbed edges and firm flesh. When sliced horizontally, it looks like a star, its can taste very sweet when its very yellow.

mamao
 
Mamao or papaia its one of main Brazilian fruits that Brazilians like to eat every day for breakfast.

frutasdoconde

Fruta do conde also known in Brazil as “pinha” and called “sugar-apple” in English. It tastes like some kind of hybrid of a banana and a pea, though it takes a bit of practice to tell them apart either by taste or visually.

jaboticaba
 
Jaboticaba is very similar in appearance to açai. This Brazilian fruit is sometimes used in the making a wine or liquour. That is if you don’t want to eat it fresh or in a dessert.


graviola
 
Graviola is green in color like an avocado. It can be used in cooking or for sauces.

abacate
 
Abacate (Avocado),  the avocado in Brazil can be very big  difference of some other countries in Europe that are very small. The Brazilian people love eating avocado smashed with sugar or mixed with milk in a drink.

sapoti
 
Sapoti is grown on the sapodilla tree (sapotizeiro) and is native to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. In Brazil it is mostly grown in the tropical northeastern region of Brazil. Sapoti is often sold by street vendors in cities of the northeast. The fruit can be cut open and peeled and is refreshing and energizing type of Brazilian fruit.

cg_caqui
 
Caqui (Diospyros kaki) is a wonderful exotic fruit that not only has a wonderful texture and exquisite taste, but also has some wonderful nutritional properties. It is very sweet but also very fragile Brazilian fruit.

pitangas
 
Pitanga is delicious and sweet commonly used in juices or you can just eat lika cherry.

amora
 
Amora is a very common berry in Brazil. This small berry is usually used to make jelly.

acerola
 
Acerola has 100 times more the vitamin C than oranges. Acerola juice is great to drink to help avoid the flu.

tamarindo
Tamarinho the pulp of this Brazilian fruit has a sweet and sour flavor and is used in the preparation of candies, cakes, ice creams, syrups, drunk, liqueurs, refreshments, concentrated juices. It is also used as a seasoning for rice, meat, fish and other foods.

rambutan
 
Rambutan this fruit has one seed in the center which you discard as it is bitter. The rest of the fruit is very refreshing. Besides vitamin C, there are many other nutritional components.

caja
 
Cajá grows on huge trees deep within the rainforest zones of Minas Gerias, Espirito Santo and the southern part of Bahia. This small fruit look like a tiny mango and its tastes like one too. Caja is mostly used in the form of juices and to make ice cream in Brazil.

pitahaya
 
Pitaiaor or pitahaya, this fruit comes from several different cactus species. It tastes sour and refreshing, when its made the juice it’s had a flesh and a stronger taste, usually its mixed with other kind fruits and used in smoothies.

mangostin
 
Mangostin is a fruit that is extremely rich with enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals, Anthocyanins, and antioxidant.

cupuacu
 
Cupuaçu pulp is frequently used in the domestic preparation of juices, ice creams, pies, liqueurs, compotes, jellies, yogurts, bombom and cookies.

Rare Native Brazilian Fruits

Below is a list of Brazilian fruit that are native to Brazil and grow naturally in the forests of Brazil. Many of these fruits are rare and considered endangered.

banana-do-macaco
 
Banana do macaco (Monkey Banana) this banana looking fruit grows naturally in the forests of Brazil

araticum
Araticum-cagão the plant that this Brazilian fruit grows on is cited as an endangered species. This native Brazilian fruit grows up to 4″ long. Skin is green, knobby, much like the cherimoya or atemoya. Flesh is white-yellow in color, with an aromatic, sweet flavor.


tapereba
Taperebá is a tropical fruit that grows naturally in the forests of northern and northeastern Brazil, where it is also known as cajá. Taperebá is one of the most popular fruits in this region, and is used to make sweetened juices and ice-creams. Because of its richness in essential nutrients and is a rich source of vitamins B and C. Also has high levels of calcium, iron and phosphorous. The juice has antibacterial properties and revitalizes the skin. It has been used medicinally for centuries in Brazil.

maraja
Marajá is native to dry land forests of the Amazon region. This edible Brazilian fruit is very tasty. The tree is locally cultivated and the fruits are commercialized on a small scale in its native range.

oiti-da-bahia

Oiti da Bahia is native to Bahia. It is a centenary plant that grows very high. It is said to be a favorite fruit of Emperor Dom Pedro II.

Origins of some of the most popular fruits

  • Guava (Brazil)
  • Passion fruit (Brazil)
  • Coconut of Bahia (Brazil)
  • Cashew (Brazil)
  • Cocoa (Brazil)
  • Pineapple (South America)
  • Banana (Asian Southeast)
  • Apple (Asian)
  • Orange (China)                      

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  1. s.k.sreekanth says:

    is Brazil still no.1 in fruits prodn. in world?

  2. J Beins says:

    Que tal o bacuri?

  3. winebeing.com says:

    I love trying all the different brazilian fruits and eat them like the locals. I wish we had acai bowls in Europe. They are exquisite for breakfast and I even made an acai-based cocktail with sparkling wine that was so refreshing!

  4. Ana says:

    Im brazilian, here are my thoughts:
    Goiaba (guava) also comes with a white interior (I would say 25% of them are of the white kind)
    Maracuja (passion fruit): that picture is not from passion fruit, haha.
    Carambolas, for what I know, are called in the US as star fruit. They are quite popular in asia too, and here in the NY is quite easy to find them.
    Mamão: we have two types, “mamão formosa” is the large, most popular one, with mild taste, “mamão papaia” is the smaller with stronger taste, it’s also the kind I find here in the US (obviously, known as papaya).
    Jaboticaba tastes NOTHING like açai. Jaboticaba is sweet and amazing, the kind of fruit Brazilians eat a bucket when it’s season. yum
    Avocado: they are indeed larger and more buttery, no brazilian eats it like mexicans (in savory/salty way), the typical brazilian way is a thick smoothie. Just blend a ripe (but not too ripe) avocado (or two if you have a small one) with a good amount of sugar (it’s up to you, I like mine quite sweet) and one or two spoons of milk. Not much milk at all, it’s just to make it smooth. One of my all time favorite childhood snacks. We eat it with a spoon since it’s a thick smoothie, and some people like to squeeze a bit of lemon juice in it.
    Pitanga, on the other hand, its not really sweet as you say. It’s very sour, but in such a yummy way. Very good for juices, but I spent many days on my teen years picking them up on their small trees… The coloring is amazing. The orange ones tend to be more on the sour side, the deep red ones (burgundy) variety tends to be sweeter.

    I believe Amoras are known as “Mulberries”. I have stained my fingers many times spending hours eating them… best times.
    Acerolas are FULL BLOWN SOUR. Best. Juice. Ever: Acerolas and orange.
    I never heard of Tamarindo as Tamarinho. Maybe it’s a regional name, but as far as I know, it’s mostly known as Tamarindo.

    And lastly: Araticum Cagão. Cagão is a bad word, it means someone who shits a lot, like “shitter” or someone not brave, like a chicken-shit. It has that name because if you eat too much, it will, lets say, loosen up your bowel movements. hahaha…

    I loved finding your article. I’m home sick and I miss the fruits so much.

  5. RVC says:

    My wife & I spend 6 weeks during the holidays with our son & daughter in law in Victoria, Brazil. We were amazed at all of the choices in fruits, we tried everything we could. Some we like more then other. Gold Bananas and Oranges were my favorite, while Grapes, Coconuts & Avocado were my wife favorite. We got to visit some local farms and this was a great treat for me, having been raised on a farm. I am sure Brazilian people should be some of the healthiest in the world. And I sure wish we had the abundance of fruits and same choices here in Arkansas.

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