7 Brazilian fruits and their benefits

Make a delightful touring through the flavors, aromas and the many benefits of native Brazilian fruit.

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Brazil has more than 300 varieties of native fruits cataloged. A country of continental size and such a rich climate could not be different. Here's a little sample of our rich fruits and their incredible benefits. Taste it without moderation!

Açaí

Found throughout the year, the açaí is very consumed in Brazil, especially in the North. There are two species, the purple and the white, both are incredibly fibrous, favoring the revitalization of the intestinal flora. Source of mineral salts like iron and phosphorus, it is also rich in calcium. Excellent stimulant and highly caloric, the fruit is much consumed by high performance athletes. It is usually used in pastries or ice cream, consumed with other ingredients and fruits like bananas, for example. It is also common to use it in juices and homemade sweets. Very refreshing and incredibly tasty.

Cashew

At least 20 types of cashew are cataloged, varying in color, consistency, taste and shape. Regardless of the species, it is very tasty and nutritious. Rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin C, it is indicated for those who have anemia. It also helps in the treatment of diabetes, throat infections, diarrhea and is used to treat syphilis as a coadjuvant. Fleshy pulp - which is used in juices, sweets, ice cream and mixed drinks - is actually the pendulum of the true fruit, which is cashew nuts.

Cajá

Common especially in the North and Northeast of Brazil, the fruit has a bittersweet flavor and a delicious aroma. The “cajá” has a color between orange and red, when ripe, and is slightly acid and sour, so usually its pulp is used, sweetened or mixed with milk. The fruit is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, carbohydrates and vitamins. Excellent for the protection of skin and mucous membranes, as well as improving stress, throat inflammation and sleep problems.

Guaraná

It is a plant of the family of vines, with branches that measure up to 10 meters. Natural of the Amazon region, “guaraná” is widely used as a stimulant and in the composition of soft drinks, juices and sweets. Harvested even before maturation, it has its seeds roasted, peeled, pulverized and converted into a kind of paste with water, which then pass through the drying process and are grated, finally becoming the product itself for consumption - the “guaraná” powder.

Pitanga

The meaning of the word in Tupi is precisely the color of the fruit. Red, purple or almost black, the fruit is greatly appreciated in its natural state. It has a refreshing taste and a rich aroma, a mixture that appeals to Brazilians from all regions. The “pitanga” contains potassium, minerals and vitamin C, and is recommended for anyone who has arthritis, for the reduction of fever and diarrhea containment. Source of calcium, phosphorus and iron, is also indicated for those who suffer from gout and rheumatism. Besides, it's a delight.

Jabuticaba

Originally a wild fruit, it can be purple or black, according to the variety of the species. Its pulp is soft and whitish, quite juicy. It is generally used to make jams, jellies, liqueurs and wines, but can be consumed in its natural state. The jabuticaba acts against fatigue and as an excellent stimulant of appetite. Low calorie fruit, features B vitamins and vitamin C, an exceptional ingredient for a delicious ice cream.

Passion Fruit

This fruit is recognized nationally for its sedative and calming effects. There are many species of passion fruit, the most common act in reducing swelling and inflammation and can be used to relieve pain and accelerate the healing process of wounds and burns. The fruit is rich in vitamins A, C and B complex, in addition to calcium, phosphorus and iron. Very tasty, it is widely used in juices and vitamins, has a slightly acidic flavor and is tremendously refreshing. As if all the qualities of passion fruit were not enough, their seeds can also be used as a vermifuge.