19 Nov '11, 5am

Nature's Prank: The Amazing Brazilian Grape Tree

Nature's Prank: The Amazing Brazilian Grape Tree

You might well take a step back if you come across one of these incredible trees while in Brazil. Known by locals as the ‘grape tree’, the reasons are immediately very obvious, given the fruits the tree develops. Strangely, not at the end of smaller branches, which one would expect as the norm, but straight from the trunk of the tree, a really peculiar sight. Photo: felipsetlik This amazing little tree, native to the south-eastern area of the country, is the ‘jabuticaba’, and the large purple fruits could easily be mistaken for plums or grapes. By ancient local tradition, the sun-dried skins of the fruits are used in the production of an astringent medication to treat diarrhea, asthma, tonsillitis and other ailments. Each fruit is around one-and-a-half inches in diameter, containing four seeds surrounded by pulpy, sweet, rose-colored flesh. Photo: Jabuticaba This delicious...

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