Cupuacu Powder 4:1 (spray dried)
Cupuacu (Theobroma grandiflorum)
1 – Cupuacu Powder 4:1 (spray dried)
Packing: 25kg net polypropylene bags into fiber barrel
Common Names: Cupuasu, Copoasu, Cupuacu
Part Used: Fruit, Seed
You may have heard of the cupuacu fruit on one of the morning shows on the networks, but it's not likely you've seen it unless you eat at authentic Brazilian restaurants. This sweet cousin of cocoa, however, may be the greatest entrant into the superfruits category thus far.
Cupuacu (pronounced "coo poo wa soo") is very well known in South America, but largely unknown elsewhere. It is considered a delicacy in restaurants in Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil and the cupuacu tree itself grows in the rainforests of South America.
Cupuacu belongs to the cocoa family and the tree grows to be twelve to twenty feet high. Natives have collected the fruits of the cupuacu tree as a primary food source during the rainy season for centuries. The fruits are hard on the outside, similar to a coconut (though larger and more football-shaped). The pulp is creamy and exotic to the taste.
The pulp of the cupuacu is made into all kinds of delicacies including ice cream, juice, jam, and more. The juice is drunk like an energy drink and has the same boosting effect of coffee, but without any caffeine.
Natives in the rain forest, besides eating the fruits, also save the "beans" (seeds). These are blessed by shamans and given to people as a cure for abdominal pains, to ease childbirth, and to increase vigor and potency for couples who want to have children.
Nutrients in cupuacu fruit, beneficial substances
Cupuacu is high in vitamin C and polyphenols, including a unique type of polyphenols called theograndins. In South America, cupuacu is used to make ice cream, juice, and various sweets.
The secret to the fruit's power is in the nutrient content. Cupuacu is extremely nutrient-dense. Compared to the popular acai berry, cupuacu has more nutrients per pound than the little berries do.
It's primary beneficial ingredient is the phytonutrient polyphenols (theograndins) it contains. These have a number of health benefits. In addition, cupuacu is heavy with Vitamins B1, B2, B3 (Niacin), both fatty and amino acids, at least nine antioxidants (including Vitamins A and C), and a high flavanoid content. Other nutrients include calcium, selenium, and more.
All of these nutrients combine to affect things in the body such as immune system boosting, evening out the metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and more. The vitamins and nutrients act as an instant energy booster (without the down that caffeine has) and its lipid peroxidation inhibition lowers cholesterol levels.
Most of the cupuacu sources currently available to those of us in North America or Europe are either juices or powders. Often the juice is mixed with acai to harmonize benefits as well as to lower costs for the producer, since cupuacu is generally cheaper than acai. Juice or straight pulp is, of course, the best way to get cupuacu.
Cupuacu fruit grows in the Amazon rainforest and consumed by native people and animals alike for thousands of years. Cupuaçu is a tropical tree related to cocoa. Cupuacu trees usually range from 5 to 15 meters (16 to 50 feet) in height. The brown fruits ripen in the rainy season, are oblong in shape, and are about the size of a melon. The white fruit pulp has a unique fragrance and a creamy-exotic flavor. Cupuacu beans can be used as a a good substitute for cocoa because they contain a similar antioxidant profile, but without the caffeine.
The botanical name for cupuacu is Theobroma grandiflorum.
Health benefits of cupuacu fruit, what is it good for?
Capuacu fruit is rich in antioxidants. Its traditional use is by women who experience difficult births and labor pains. Used as a stimulant, it increases energy and stamina. A search on Medline in 2015 did not reveal any human or animal studies conducted with capuacu fruit or extract.
Volatile compounds in capuacu fruit
Ethyl butyrate, hexanoate, 3-methylbutanal, dimethylsulfide, dimethyldisulfide, beta-linalool and several alkylpyrazines are the major volatile compounds in this Amazonian fruit.
Caffeine and theobromine in cupuacu
The amounts of theobromine and caffeine found in cupuacu seed are much less than those from cacao seed.
Source: Cupuacu in Wikipedia, etc..