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Acai Berries 
The acai berry is a small reddish-purple fruit that comes from the acai palm tree, a native plant to Central and South America. A fruit extremely rich in antioxidants, it is said to promote weight loss and is certainly considered a key part of any healthy Brazilian diet.

Coconut Water

Locals crack into Brazil’s bright green Anão coconuts daily for the hydrating health benefits of the fresh, vitamin-packed water within. While indisputably better when sipped on the sandy beaches of Ipanema, the country’s MVP elixir is available the world over, as brands like Pure Brazilian source their coconuts from the lush fields of Brazil. Low in calories and high in potassium, coconut water is a perfect drink for replenishing post-workout or combating the dehydrating effects of a steamy summer day. (Source)


Pequi
via Brazilian Fusion

I had actually never seen it like this! My grandma froze it so I could see it in its natural form, in its "case". This amazing yellow fruit has a strong flavor coming from it's pulp, characteristic of this central region of Brazil know as "Cerrado". .
A little background: It is a seasonal fruit (although treated more like a vegetable) and enjoyed in savory manner most of the time. It is very prominent in the north of #MinasGerais where my family is from. They freeze it for me (since I don't live in Brazil) if it's not in season so when I'm there I can enjoy it! .

It is cooked directly in the rice, as the taste it leaves behind is very notable and difficult to describe delicious and distinct flavor: tastes like a piece of home - #MontesClaros (my home town).
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This fruit can raw or cooked, (usually cooked) and best enjoyed out of the hand, gently scraping the pulp off the pit carefully using your teeth. It typically accompanies other dishes such as #CarneDeSol, he preferred protein in this case. This is a piece if my culture!. .

Ask a Brazilian friend if they know what Pequi is. It they are from Minas Gerais or #Goias, chances are they will know👍!

Cupuacu

The so-called “pharmacy in a fruit” grows in a tropical rainforest tree much like that of the cacao. Commonly found all throughout the Amazon basin, this miracle fruit is grown in huge quantities in the jungles of Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and of course Brazil. The juicy fruit has a taste that one could describe as a mix between pear and banana… if you can imagine that.
Source : Haute Living
The fruit can be prepared in many ways such as in cupuacu cream, butter, smoothies, as well as eaten raw like a mango or used as a beauty product in skin moisturizers and hand creams.


Fruta Do Conde

Also known as Sugar-Apple or Custard Apple.
A more common variety available in the US is known as Cherimoya:


Yuca Root

Yuca root is a root that ranges from 6 to 12 inches in length and 2 to 3 inches in diameter. This crunchy tuber has a tough brown skin and a crisp, white flesh. Originally a native to South America, Yuca Root has become an important staple of Africa.

Although there are many varieties of Yuca Root, there are only 2 main categories: bitter & sweet. Used as a thickener in the making of tapioca, Yuca Root once grated & sun-dried is also called Yuca Root meal.

Yuca Root Benefits:

It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, which is especially beneficial for skin health, slowing down the aging process and reducing chances of heart disease and certain types of cancer. It also contains a great amount of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin B. Yuca has been used to help relieve arthritis pain, improve heart and digestion health, and boost immunity.



Maracuja (aka Passion Fruit)

Have you ever seen one? This exotic fruit originated in Southern Brazil along with Paraguay area and typically grows in tropical countries and fair weathered areas such as California! That’s how we are able to get it here in the US, which I’m very thankful for. .

We call this fruit #Maracuja in Brazil🇧🇷 but it translates to “#PassionFruit” in English, and it is said that it was named by 16th century Spanish Catholic Missionaries in the Amazon region of Brazil who decided it its purple flower that resembled the five wounds of Christ. .


Passion fruit contains a tart and tangy pulp that complements sweets or fatty foods quite well! The inside looks quite unexpected from what you think it will look like when seeing the outer shell. It’s low calorie, rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and A. You should definitely look this one up if you haven’t! .





Papaya

Native to tropical regions, papayas can now be found growing in Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Florida, Southern California and Brazil. Considered to be the sweetest, most flavorful of all Papayas, the salmon-red to pink flesh of Melissa's Strawberry Papayas is fragrant and juicy, with a hint of fresh peaches and berries.

Delicious with a simple squeeze of fresh lime or added to smoothies and salads, cubes of Melissa's Strawberry Papaya can also be added to fresh pineapple, peppers, pearl onions, and teardrop tomatoes for a unique fruit kabob for the grill. Once soft to the touch, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out the small black seeds from the center.

How to Choose Ripe Papaya

When selecting Melissa’s Papayas, choose those that are soft to the touch (similar to a ripe peach). Their color should be more yellow than green. Ripen firm Papayas at room temperature in a loosely closed plastic bag. Refrigerate ripe fruit in a plastic or paper bag for up to 3 days. Freezing is not recommended.

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