Shoot Froot - Cupuaçu
Scientific name: Theobroma grandiflorum
Other names: cupuassu, cupuazú, cupu assu, and copoasu
Tropical rainforest tree related to cacao. Common throughout the Amazon region with largest production in the Brazilian state of Para.
Its fruit are oval and about 20 cms long. There is a smaller species of the plant called cupuí.
Inthe indigenous guarani language the suffix -açu implies big while the suffix -í implies small.
Cupuaçu is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It is a rich source of antioxidants.
vitamins A, C, B1, B2, and B3
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Antioxidant benefits, immune system booster, skin rejuvenation, helps in curing diabetes and coronary heart disease.
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NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be incomplete.