The Fruit From this Brazilian Beauty is Much Sought After
The Jaboticaba is a member of the Myrtle family. Native to Brazil, it is perhaps one of that country’s most popular fruit-bearing trees. Many are fascinated by this tree, as the fruit grows right on its trunk. Dark and cherry-like, the fruit is edible directly from the tree. Three to four days after harvest, the fresh fruit begins to ferment, and is then used to make jams, tarts, strong wines and liqueurs. Due to its short shelf-life, fresh Jaboticaba is rare to find outside of its areas of cultivation. The name “Jaboticaba” translates to “like turtle fat,” referring to the berry’s whitish jelly-like pulp.
The slow growing tree usually reaches from 10 to 25 ft. high. It’s quite hardy, and adapts well to both tropical and subtropical climates. Plant in full sun or partial shade, and fertilize several times a year.