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Continental Drifter

Continental Drifter is the Alan Skyrme Photography blog first established in 2004 under the banner Continental Drift. In it we publish snippets about nutrition, information about fruit and food, articles about travel experiences, travel reviews and other related notes.

Fruity Thoughts!

A glass of dilute acai juice with berries and an acai palm leaf (Euterpe oleracea)

A glass of dilute acai juice with berries and an acai palm leaf (Euterpe oleracea)

Picture a wild, untouched landscape with plant life in abundance. Some trees and bushes will, at certain times of the year, be full of fruit. Brazil has, still, plenty of virgin forest with such flora - a friend of mine told me that, when he was working on a research project in the Amazon, he saw flowers and fruit there he had not seen before or since.

After Adam and Eve caused havoc in their own little paradise, did the Creator decide to relocate elements of the Garden of Eden for us to find later?

Cupuaçu pod on a tree

Cupuaçu pod on a tree

It was because Brazil is blessed with a tremendous variety of fruit species that I became specialised in fruit photography almost 15 years ago. I saw and ate so many types of wild and cultivated fruit that photographing them became a logical step for me.

Today I eat fruit on a daily basis and drink freshly prepared fruit juices to accompany my meals. My preference in respect of fruit juice is to take it pure, without added sugar. Some fruit can be tart in taste so if I feel the need to sweeten it I will use honey rather than sugar.

Rose-apples in a basket (Ver-o-peso Market, Belem, Brazil)

Rose-apples in a basket (Ver-o-peso Market, Belem, Brazil)

While many fruits are available fresh in Municipal markets it is quite common to see fruit pulp in frozen form in supermarkets but where I live we buy fresh seasonal fruit.

The following list is of just 10 of the many varieties of fruit that grow in the North / Northeast of Brazil or, in some cases, in other parts of the country. The Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests are home to many species of edible fruit.

Acai (Euterpe oleracea)

Acerola (Malpighia glabra)

Bacaba (Oenocarpus bacaba)

Bacuri (Platonia insignis)

Biriba (Rollinia deliciosa)

Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa)

Cacau (Theobroma cacao)

Caja (Spondias mombin)

Cashew or Caju (Anacardium occidentale)

Cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum)

 

Pupunha and urucum in a basket

Pupunha and urucum in a basket

Once a month, or thereabouts, I post a short description of a fruit in this blog. I shall continue with this habit throughout 2018 but, in addition, I plan to publish a book that describes the fruit, their nutritional value, and some recipes (along with photos) in February 2018.

If you have an interest in seeing, and hopefully buying, this book when it is published please comment below or send me an email.

 

Murici berries on a white background (Byrsonima crassifolia) 

Murici berries on a white background (Byrsonima crassifolia) 

We have numerous fruit images. We can supply from stock and can accept commissions for specific images.