Myrciaria cauliflora

Other names: Jabuticaba, Guaperu

History: Originates from Southern Brazil.

Shape: Grape-like.

Weight/size: Average size is 2.5cm in diameter, but can vary from 1.5cm to 3.5cm.

Colour: Jaboticaba has a purple-black, tough skin with a translucent flesh and is similar in texture to a grape.

Taste: Sweet slightly aromatic with a pleasant grape-like flavour.

Buying/storage: Choose fruit, which is full and not shrivelled or too soft. Can be frozen whole.

Preparing/serving: Fresh fruit is delicious eaten out-of-hand and can be made into jellies, jams and wine. The skin is high in tannin and can be bitter, however, it contributes to the deep red colour of jams, jellies, and wines. Frozen fruit can be used as a garnish in fruit salads.

Variety: Selected cultivars.