Sunday, March 21, 2010
Getting To Know the Fruits of Brazil!
On arrival in Brazil you can’t fail to be awed by the impressive range of fruit on display in all its colorful glory; how is it that in Europe a passion fruit is small and shriveled and brown and yet here it is enormous, yellow, shiny and smooth? The choice of fruit is baffling, including both varieties that are imported to Europe and never seen before curiosities and believe us, once you’ve tasted pineapple in Brazil; you won’t be eating those immeasurably inferior artificially ripened versions in Europe anymore.
It’s hard to believe that the ubiquitous banana, (here not just a banana but a ‘water banana’ or a ‘gold banana’ or an ‘earth banana’ or one of many other varieties) is not actually a native Brazilian but emigrated here some 500 years ago with the Portuguese. For truly native Brazilian fruit, head to the Amazon, where you’ll find a smorgasboard of superfoods. From the now universally known Açaí to Acerola, a berry with 80 times as much as vitamin C as an orange. Eat a few of these on your holiday and you can bin a year’s supply of supplements.
However, these berries are not only good enough to eat, they can also make you Brazilian beautiful. Despite a tendency to hand over undisclosed amounts of cold hard cash for anything imported with beauty products no exception, there’s a growing trend here for home grown natural products.
Luxury travel experts Dehouche who are based in Rio are actually situated dangerously close to one very such producer (who have in fact been in business for some 100 years) and some members of the team have to be held inside at lunchtime to prevent them from buying up the delectable store. Take a tailor made holiday to Brazil with Dehouche and if you can be trusted with a credit card, they’ll share the address with you. A great place to pick up presents, but Dehouche defy you not be tempted into a little something for yourself too.
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