Cupuacu fruit information (Theobroma grandiflorum) by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
Cupuacu fruit grows in the Amazon rainforest for both
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.
See a list of Amazon herbs.
The botanical name for cupuacu is Theobroma grandiflorum.
Health benefits of cupuacu fruit
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 2011 did not reveal any human or animal studies conducted with capuacu fruit or extract.
Nutrients in cupuacu fruit
Cupuacu fruit 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.
Volatile compounds in capuacu
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
The amounts of theobromine and caffeine found in cupuacu seed are much less than those from cacao seed.
Raw material supplier
NP Nutra has products including juice powder and puree.