Purple fruit, closely resembling the grape, and having somewhat of a grape-like flavor. Pulp is white, juicy, and sweet.
A slow growing, small tree, usually only to 10-25ft high, though sometimes up 40ft.
Jaboticaba's adapt well to both tropical and subtropical climates, surviving temperatures as low as 22-27F even when young.
Plant in full sun or part shade, well drained slightly acidic soil and water around the year. Do not flood. Roots are shallow so even the top layer of soil should be moistened.
By seed, which develop relatively true to their parent but grow slowly, taking up to 8-15 years to fruit. Grafting is also successful, and can produce fruit in 3 years.
The whole fruit is consumed fresh. The skin is a bit thicker than the grape but can be eaten, although it contains tannin which can be toxic in very large amounts.
Native to the Minas Gerais region of Brazil, and spreading into Bolivia, Paraguay, and Northern Argentina.