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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BE SEDUCED BY ITS FRAGRANCE


Cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum), also spelled Cupuassu, Cupuazú, and Copoasu, is a tropical rainforest tree related to cacao. Common throughout the Amazon basin, it is widely cultivated in the jungles of the north of Brazil, with the largest production in Pará, followed by Amazonas, Rondônia and Acre.

 The white pulp of the cupuaçu is uniquely fragrant (described as a mix of chocolate and pineapple), and it contains theacrine (1,3,7,9-tetramethyluric acid) instead of the xanthines (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline) found in cacao. It is frequently used in desserts, juices and sweets. The juice tastes primarily like a pear, with a hint of banana. The pulp is also used in cosmetics products such as body lotions, as it is highly hydrating, similarly to cocoa butter. Commercial production of cupuaçu includes food supplements, pills, drinks, smoothies and sweets. Natura, a large cosmetics Brazilian company develops several self-sustained projects in Northern Brazil in the exploitation of cupuaçu. On the following link some recipes (in Portuguese) with cupuaçu.
CUPUAÇU MOUSSE
1 can of condensed milk
1 can of cream milk
1 tea cup of cupuaçu pulp (may be found in frozen fruits section of largest supermarkets)

Blend everything together and pour into cups - (the decoration is up to you). Must stay in fridge for 4 hours.
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