10. Cupuacu

Rare fruits

Cupuacu grows mainly in the wild Amazon rainforest. This fruit also grows in parts of Peru. Increasingly 8 inches long and weighing 2 kg, cupuacu looks completely like a wild fruit. This thick peeled fruit also has a soft and tasty pulp inside.

The cupuacu fruit pulp is very fragrant. It is a rich source of vitamin b1, b2 and b3. In fact, cupuacu is a member of the chocolate family. It also tastes like chocolate.

Eating cupuacu could boost your immune system. Reducing the risk of heart disease is another benefit. The huge concentration of antioxidants in cupuacu also helps body tissues.

Cupuaçu, also spelled cupuassu, cupuazô, cupu assu, and copoasu, is a rainforest tree related to cocoa. Common throughout the Amazon basin, it is widely cultivated in the jungles of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and in northern Brazil, with the largest production of Parô, followed by Amazonas, Rondônia and Acre.

Cupuaçu trees generally range from 5 to 15 m (16 to 49 ft.) in height, although some can reach 20 m (66 ft.). They have brown bark and leaves are 25 to 35 cm (9.8 to 13.8 in.) long and 6 to 10 cm (2.4 to 3.9 in.) in diameter, with 9 or 10 pairs of veins. As they ripen, the leaves change from pink to green, and eventually they begin to bear fruit. Cupuaçu fruits are oblong, brown and fuzzy, 20 cm (7.9 in.) long, 1 to 2 kg (2.2 to 4.4 lb.) in weight, and covered with a thick 4 to 7 mm (0.16 to 0.28 in.), hard exocarp.

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