Cupuassu fruit is a distant relative of the cacao or cocoa tree and is widely found throughout the Amazon basin. The height of Cupuassu trees usually range from 16 to 49 feet. The fruit looks like a cross between a coconut and a papaya. It has a buttery, aromatic pulp with approximately 35 hazelnut-sized seeds, and medicinal properties.
Covered with a thick and hard exocarp, Cupuassu has a sweet and sour white pulp inside which can be eaten. The pulp is rich in fatty acids and Brazili beleive it has the ability to boost immunity.
Pronounced as coo-poo-wa-soo, which means food for the Gods, the fruit played an important role in the Amazonian cultures and was prized in that region for its taste and medicinal properties.