Food for the Gods
Theobroma grandiflorum, commonly known as cupuaçu, also spelled cupuassu, cupuazú, cupu assu, or copoasu, is a tropical rainforest tree related to cacao. Native and common throughout the Amazon basin, it is naturally cultivated in the jungles of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and in the north of Brazil, with the largest production in Pará, Amazonas and Amapá. The pulp of the cupuaçu fruit is consumed throughout Central and South America, especially in the northern states of Brazil, and is used to make ice creams, snack bars, and other products.
From Old Tupi kupu'yûasu.
- (Brazil) IPA(key): /ku.ˌpu.a.ˈsu/
cupuaçu m (plural cupuaçus)
- Copoasu (Theobroma grandiflorum, a tree of South America)
- Synonym: cupuaçuzeiro
- the fruit of the copoasu tree, used to make a confectionery similar to chocolate