Fruit from the tree bark

Fruit of the Jabuticaba tree

The fruit of the Jabuticaba, or the Brazilian grape tree, is unusual in that it appears to blossom right out of the bark and trunk of the tree. Found mostly in Brazil, its fruits contain several potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory anti-cancer compounds, including one that is unique to the fruit called ‘jaboticabin’. The tree evolved this way to make it easier for animals that can’t climb to eat the fruits. The tree “wants” the animals to eat its fruits, so that they can later expel the seeds away from the parent tree to grow even more Jabuticabas.