Some fruits do not manage to spread name beyond its native land and Bacupari is one of them. These are small yellowish fruits having edibility and multiple usages in daily lives. The fruits grow on an evergreen tree that grows up to 30 ft approximately. They are native to South America, where between the months of October and January they attain maturity. Kids love its tangy taste when raw and pick them up even before they ripen.
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Color: It is a blend of yellow and orange from the exterior and inside the pulp is white.
Size: Size of the fruit varies, but generally the length ranges between 2 and 2 ½ inches with a diameter between 1 ½ and 2 inches on an average.
Taste: Ripe bacuparis resemble the taste of sweet custard, a bit acidic.
Aroma: These fruits exude a pleasant aroma.
Seeds: It contains only 3 to 4 seeds approximately.
Bacupari trees are widely prevalent in the Amazon basin, stretched across South America. Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay and Bolivia are some of the places that have a flourishing plantation of bacupari. Besides, they are also found in selective regions in Southeast Asia.
Wild fruits like Bacupari are limited to certain native places where they are taken in various forms. Absence of substantial nutritional value makes it difficult to exactly state its nutritional content but acidic taste is indicative of Vitamin C. Like any other fruit, this fruit too has certain proportions of essential nutrients.
Edibility of bacupari fruits is multiple.
- The fruit along with its arils can be eaten. Though it is not very popular worldwide, it is widely preferred in the areas where it had originated.
- The pulp of the fruit is used to make an assortment of jams and desserts.
- These wild fruits were used in native cuisines and even now they are incorporated in many innovative recipes.
Some uses of this fruit can be listed as:
- Leaves of the Bacupari tree have been found to be composed of anti-inflammatory properties which locally applied can reduce discomfort.
- For healing skin disorders, seeds, bark and leaves of this tree have proven to be beneficial.
- For determining cancer-fighting properties of the plant, researches are being carried out.
- Traditional Brazilian medicine uses the yellow resin for treating wounds.
- Infections in urinary tract can also be treated using this plant.
Bacupari Health Benefits
Bacupari is stuffed with therapeutic properties that can normalize a lot of imbalances in the body. Though there have not been extensive studies to support this claim but considering its soothing effect it can be deduced that it is beneficial for maintaining good health.
Picture 2 – Bacupari Photo
Bacuparis are fruits of warm climate and they grow best in nutrient-rich soil.
Bacupari During Pregnancy
Though no ill-effects arising out of its consumption during pregnancy has been listed, it is always better to seek medical intervention before opting for such fruits.
Bacupari Side Effects
Overeating of the fruit may result in discomfort in some but otherwise no such side effect of its consumption is known as of now.
Check out some of the images of bacupari.
Fruits are essential for all living beings to derive nutrition. Though Bacupari’s nutrition is unknown, it is still believed to be enriched in certain essentials like many native fruits. It is often incorporated in making sweets and other eatables, especially in its native regions.
- by Jaysmita Sarkar
- April 26th 2012