There are so many different types of edible fruits in the world that I have never tried, so I wanted to start going over just a few of them. Seems to me that if we could learn about some of these different fruits and grow them, we could pick up a lot more vitamins and needed nutriments...not to mention help in expanding our food supplies. The one I have here today was chosen mainly because it's so unusual looking, plus I've never heard about it!
Jabuticaba, or the Brazilian grape tree, is a very strange plant native to the South Eastern parts of Brazil. What makes this plant so strange is that it fruits from its trunk. No, I did not make that up, and no the picture has not been photo shopped. Initially, yellowish white flowers will appear all over the trunk and main branches, these flowers will then turn into fruit, about 3 – 4cm in diameter. Inside the thick purple skin is the soft gelatinous flesh of the fruit, along with 1 – 4 black seeds. The fruit is sweet and can be eaten as is or made into a wine or liqueur. Unfortunately, the fruit does not keep long when off the tree and will start to ferment after about 3 or 4 days.
I'm thinking of all the ways this fruit could come in handy! Eaten raw, in jelly and jams, even making some fermented beverage. Lots of ways of getting some needed vitamins into our systems, don't you think? If you want to see some other strange (to this area) fruits, here's the link to the article from Listverse!
We can have our coffee out on the patio this morning. Expecting more sunshine and that's a good thing!