'Maramunthiri' or jaboticaba fruit that has its origins in Brazil is now growing in Manthuruthy of Kottayam. The tree that was planted by Manthuruthy native Karapallil Rajesh has now borne fruits.
The plump exotic fruit that grows on small branches at twenty feet high tastes exactly like grapes. Interestingly, the gooseberry-sized fruits grow close to the trunk. These fruits would be ripe within a month.
Purchased from Idukki
The purple colored fruit could be eaten directly. The small seeds inside the fruit should be sown at places that receive good sunlight and plenty of water. The jaboticaba tree would begin to bear fruits within four years. Rajesh says that he had purchased the sapling from a nursery in Idukki.
Used to make jams, wines, tarts and more
Though jaboticaba is mostly consumed fresh, the fruit can also be used to make a variety of items, like jams, syrups, sauce, juice, tarts, wines, jelly. The fruit is also known for its antioxidants content, anti-aging properties, power to improve skin and hair, digestion and respiratory health.
At the same time, eating it excessively is known to result in the build-up of tannin, which can be carcinogenic. Constipation is also a side effect when consumed in large quantities, with the skin.