The jabuticaba, also known as yabuticaba, jaboticaba or guapurú, is a fruit that has the peculiarity that it sprouts on the trunk of the plant. This fruit contains few carbohydrates and calories, as well as being rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
The jabuticaba can be consumed fresh or in preparations, such as jellies, wines, vinegar, brandy and liqueurs. It is very difficult to get this fruit far from its production regions, since it loses its quality quickly when it is removed from the tree, its scientific name isPlinia cauliflora.
It can be obtained in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.
What are the benefits of this fruit
Jabuticaba is rich in antioxidants and bioactive compounds that could provide various health benefits, including the following:
- Prevent early aging, cancer and heart disease, because it is rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which reduce inflammation and cell damage caused by free radicals;
- Strengthen the immune system, for being rich in zinc and vitamin C;
- Promote weight loss, because it is low in calories and rich in fibers that increase satiety;
- Fight constipation, thanks to its fiber content;
- Help control diabetes, since having little carbohydrate content, it avoids the increase in blood glucose
- Improve skin health, because it is rich in vitamin C;
- Help prevent anemia, because it contains iron and B vitamins.
It is important to note that the anthocyanins of jabuticaba are found in higher concentration in its peel, which must be consumed together with the pulp of the fruit to obtain more benefits.
Nutritional information of Jabuticaba
The following table contains the nutritional information for 100 g of jabuticaba, which is equivalent to about 20 units:
|Components in100 g of raw Jabuticaba|
|Vitamin C||16.2 mg|
|Vitamin B1||0.02 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.02 mg|
|Vitamin B3||0.021 mg|
Since jabuticaba deteriorates quickly, the best way to preserve it is by storing it in the refrigerator or by putting the pulp in small bags, which can be kept in the freezer for 3 months.