The fruit of the Jaboticaba is a delicious, complex spicy flavor that is grape like in texture. It can be eaten fresh, or processed into jams, jellies, juice and even wines and brandies. full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, its traditionally used to treat asthma, arthritis, skin diseases and hair loss.
Water water water! This tree is native to an area that is flooded most of the year, so please do not hesitate to stick it in a bucket of water or put the hose on it and walk away. It is a beautiful little tree related to the crepe myrtle, sharing its striking, peeling bark. Jaboticabas are caulifory, meaning they fruit from he trunk. This tree is also known as the Brazilian kissing grape, because it can be 'kissed' off the tree. They are slow growers, and take quite a while to bear fruit, but once they start, they just can't stop! When in bloom, the tree appears covered in snow from the tufts of fluffy white flowers all along the trunk and main branches. They must be watered steadily once they flower to ensure fruit setting. Berries ripen in March and April, taking 28 days from flower to harvest. Fruit should be picked as soon as it's fully colored, and is perishable, spoiling in 2 days. The fruit is a large round berry with some small seeds, much like a globe grape, reaching the size of a golf ball on occasion.