Saturday, August 01, 2009

JABOTICABA, SAVOR OF MY CHILDHOOD












Photos by Sonia A. Mascaro

I have in my orchard two "Jaboticabeiras", (Jaboticaba tree), a small evergreen tropical tree native to Brazil, planted circa 25 years. Its take much time to bear fruits, but now every year they are loaded with fruits. The jaboticabas are a delicious fruit that have been part of my memory and when I eaten them I recaptured the savor of my childhood. These Jaboticaba trees were always around... in my parents farmer, in the backyard of my grandmother's house, in the orchard of relatives in the country... I did in October 2005 a post about this tree and that Jaboticaba post according to the Keyword Analysis of StatCounter is a very popular page till nowadays.

Jaboticaba tree usually reach only to 10-25ft high, though sometimes up 40ft. A slow growing tree, it may take 8 or more years before it bears fruit. After flowering, the fruit develops quickly, sometimes in as few as 3 weeks. In this season (October), all the branches of the tree are fruitful. Then …it’s a delicious feast!

The jaboticaba fruits look like purple grapes and it has a very sweet, slightly aromatic, translucent pulp with a pleasant grape flavour. The whole fruit is consumed fresh. The fruits are often used for making jelly.
Jaboticaba is a member of the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family and is known botanically as Eugenia cauliflora. ("Cauliflora" means that it flowers and bears fruit on the trunk, mature branches and exposed roots.). The word "jaboticaba" is said to have been derived from the Tupi term, jabotim, for turtle, and means "like turtle fat", presumably referring to the fruit pulp. Jaboticaba trees grow best on deep, rich and well-drained soil. If the trees are heavily irrigated in the dry season, they may bear several crops a year.

Jaboticabas, um sabor de infância...
Tenho aqui no meu pomar duas pequenas Jaboticabeiras que foram plantadas a cerca de 25 anos. Demorou muito para que elas frutificassem, mas agora todo o ano elas ficam carregadas! Em Outubro de 2005 fiz um post sobre a Jaboticabeira e de acordo com as análises do contador StatCounter, esse post é muito popular e bastante procurado pelo Google Search até hoje. Falar de jaboticaba para os brasileiros é um tanto redundante, pois qual é a criança, principalmente do sudeste, que não se deliciou comendo jabuticabas apanhadas do pé? As deliciosas jaboticabas fazem parte da minha memória gustativa da infância. Elas estavam sempre lá, no sítio dos meus pais em Itu, no quintal da casa da minha avó, na casa de parentes pelo interior afora... Assim, os detalhes técnicos ficam só em inglês, porque a maioria dos estrangeiros desconhece essa árvore "exótica" e ficam admirados ao verem essas frutinhas agarradas aos troncos das árvores!


36 comments:

  1. Oh! I would love to taste those Jaboticaba fruits. They look very delicious.

    Beijos,

    Paz

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  2. I remember the fist post about them, Sonia. The trees are very interesting to look at - and I would still love to eat those fruits!

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  3. Sonia, you have a marvellous garden!
    It's interesting to know about the Jaboticaba fruits, I'd like to taste them. Beautiful pictures! I've missed the Ecological Day once again!...Without Mr Linky it's a bit difficult for me! :-)
    Have a very good Sunday!

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  4. Preciosas imagenes del arbol con su fruto, la pirmera vez que veo esto en mi vida es curioso.
    Una aportacion al blog, por que no pone traductor de idioma.
    Saludos y abrazos Sonia, y buen fin de samana.

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  5. Uma entre as frutas brasileiras, e paulistas que mais gosto!

    Parabéns pelas árvores, frutos e fotos!

    Bjs

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  6. Sonia,
    Eu sei que esta árvore é chamado de Myrciaria cauliflora a partir da mesma família como Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae). Espanha só se encontra na província de Málaga, que é uma zona subtropical. Adoro esta árvore.
    Un abrazo

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  7. Mil perdones no habia visto el traductor, yo buscaba uno parecido al mio que salen las banderas.
    Ya se que es fruta exotica del brasil.

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  8. Sonia, só de ver estas fotos minha boca se encheu d'água...que saudades!
    As fotos estão magníficas.
    Um grande beijo.

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  9. I have seen photos of this very interesting tree with fruit before. I would really love to taste it someday.

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  10. Those Jaboticaba fruits look so beautiful!

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  11. Seus pés de jaboticaba são lindos e que delícia vê-las assim na hora de apanhar.
    Gosto de comer jaboticaba colhendo no pé.
    Parece que você tem um farto pomar.
    Bem próximo de Goiânia existe uma propriedade particular de plantações de jaboticaba com mais de 7.000 pés. O dono oferece sua fazenda se alguém conseguir chupar uma jaboticaba de cada pé.
    É claro que ele criou essa brincadeira :)
    E ele aluga por hora a quem deseja chupar. Mas não leva para casa, a não ser que pague separado.
    Na verdade a familia já produz vinhos, doces, geléías, licores e molhos para a culinária, todos muito saborosos e de boa qualidade.
    Uma boa semana para você.
    Beijo

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  12. I didn't realize that you are back ! I remember that you took a break from blogging and now I just saw that you blog again ! and what a nice post.
    I scrolled a little through your other posts, it's since June that you came back. Did you miss our blogworld ?

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  13. Tenho uma jaboticabeira em casa, no fundo do quintal. Aqui ela floresce duas vezes ao ano, aprendi que se deixarmos a mangueira gotejando aos pés dela, ela fica muito feliz e muito bonita também. Aliás, ela está linda depois do longo período de chuva. Grande abraço

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  14. OI Sonia, boa tarde!
    Eu adoro jabuticaba!!!!
    No escritório que eu trabalhei durante 15 anos, havia um enorme jardim na parte de trás e dentre bananeiras, mangueiras, havia um pé de jabuticaba.
    Não é só os “estrangeiros” que ficam encantados com essas frutinhas coladas ao tronco, pois eu também achava incrível aquela imagem.
    E o gostinho dela, hummm sem igual!
    Beijos e parabéns pelo post.
    Paulo Ka

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  15. Sonia, I am giving Flora (and you) a virtual hug. Hugging the circle of love always makes me feel better!

    Thanks for your prayers and support re my recent illness and successful recovery. Much appreciated!

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  16. Sonia,
    just visited Cris' blog and thought
    about you!!
    Here I am reading your interesting story. Great pictures too!!
    - Cheers Gisela.

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  17. Sonia, eu só vivia trepada no pé da jaboticabeira e da nossa mangueira.

    A jaboticabeira era da vizinha e minha amiguinha e eu trocávamos os nossos segredos ali.

    Linda sua jaboticabeira, toda pipocada.

    Um beijo grande

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  18. Hi Sonia
    WOW.What an exotic fruit! Looks so mouthwatering, luscious & juicy. The pics are stunning.Wonder of this will grow in my backyard in Coimbatore!
    Ram

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  19. What an interesting fruit tree. I've never seen anything like it before.

    Thanks for the wonderful explanation.

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  20. Love you sharing things like this..this tree is so different to me. fruit from the base of the tree or branch vs. from leaves and end of stem. very interesting. do they taste like plums?

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  21. Hi Sonia, thanks for visiting my blog. I've never seen a tree that fuits like this anywhere. Amazing.

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  22. Hi Sonia... they also bring me back childhood memories... amo jabuticabas! Beijos, saudades...

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  23. These fruits look absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS! I'd love some---Right Now! YUMMMMY! I remember that post Sonia and I remember feeling the same way back then. The abundance of fruit is remarkable! I bet the Jam or Jelly is quite amazing, too. Do you make Jam from these grape-like fruits, yourself?
    Lovely lovely post, my dear.....And as always...GORGEOUS Pictures!

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  24. Hello Sonia !
    That makes me hungry.
    A lot of fruit on this tree. How do you eat those fruits. Pie perhaps, Do you cook sime marmelade ?

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  25. An exotic fruit I've never heard of before. Nothing tastes better than something that takes us back to our childhood. ;-) Wonderful post.

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  26. Belas fotos e uma delicia de jabuticabas.
    Abraços
    Luiz Ramos

    PS. Como criança, gostaria agora de pular o muro de sua casa para pegar
    muitas dessas deliciosas jabuticabas.

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  27. Olá Sonia, você voltou com a corda toda. Parabens.
    Eu também tenho duas jaboticabeiras no meu quintal, e está semana mesmo já pude dar algumas para minha neta que tem apenas um ano.

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  28. I have a Jaboticaba in my orchard. Twice a year it bears fruit. I love to munch on them and the native animals as well! I planted an other one near the vegetable garden. The fruit is fantastic. I think somewhere I made also a post about it. The picures are wonderful and do it full justice.

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  29. What a fascinating post!! I'd love to taste some of those fruits too.

    My skywatch post is at:
    http://indicainq8.wordpress.com
    - celine

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  30. It's looks like an awesome tree!
    I had never heard of it before. How big is a single fruit? Do birds feed on them?

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  31. Hi, I love the tree, the fruits looks so lovely. I have seen a tree growing in Singapore which have many fruits on the tree trunk but just don't knw the name, here is the post http://mapletree2000.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!245D44C4FBA982FA!969.entry

    Is that same tree?

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  32. Hi--This is the first time I have ever seen one of these trees and it's fruits. How lovely. I would love to make juice with them. When I was in the Caribbean I was always amazed about the various fruit trees bearing fruits throughout the year. I love nature and it's wonderful bounty.

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  33. An amazing tree, Sonia.
    Never seen one like it before.
    Love to try one of those fruits.

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  34. Your pictures never cease to amaze me.

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  35. Oi Sonia, uau que delicia. As jabuticabeiras estao em fruto no momento:

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  36. these look amazing! i would love to try them!
    ps thank you for your help!

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