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Common Names: Cupuasu, Copoasu, Cupuacu
Part Used: Fruit, Seed
| PLANT DESCRIPTION |
|Nutritive, stimulant, tonic
Vitamins, minerals, fats, fatty acids |
Cupuacu is a small to medium tree in the Rainforest canopy which belongs to the Chocolate
family and can reach up to 20 meters in height. Cupuacu fruit has been a primary food source in
the Rainforest for both indigenous tribes and animals alike. The Cupuacu fruit is about the size
of a cantaloupe and is highly prized for its creamy exotic tasting pulp. The pulp occupies
approximately one-third of the fruit and is used throughout Brazil and Peru to make fresh juice,
ice cream, jam and tarts. The fruit ripens in the rainy months from January to April and is
considered a culinary delicacy in South American cities where demand outstrips supply. Like
chocolate, the fruit has a large center seed pod filled with "beans", which the Tikuna tribe
utilize for abdominal pains.
Cupuacu is found throughout the Rainforest regions with it seeds being dispersed by birds and
monkeys which feast on the tasty fruit pulp. Indigenous tribes as well as local communities
along the Amazon have cultivated Cupuacu as a primary food source for generations. In remote
times, Cupuacu seeds were traded along the Rio Negro and Upper Orinoco rivers where river
tribes drink Cupuacu juice after it has been blessed by a shaman to facilitate difficult births.
ETHNOBOTANY: WORLDWIDE USES
||Food, Pain(Abdominal), Difficult Birth|
- Balee, William. 1994. Footprints of the Forest. Columbia University Press, New York.
- Schultes, R.E, and Raffauf, R.F. 1990 The Healing Forest. Dioscorides Press
- Balee, W., and D. Moore. 1991. Similarity and variation in plant names in five Tupi-Guarani languages (eastern Amazonia). Biological Sciences 55(4):209-262
- Smith, Nigel, et.al., 1992, Tropical Forests and their Crops, Comstock Publishing, New York
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