Bush Grape Fruit Plant (Odontocarya acuparata)
Common Names: Capeba, Snake vine, Caboclo berry, Gentile grape, Yellow bush grape, Orange bush grape, Apa river grape, Jabuticaba of the yellow vine, Jaboticaba of the orange vine.
Botanical Name: Odontocarya acuparata
General Information: Capeba, scientifically known as Odontocarya acuparata, is a fast-growing liana medicinal plant belonging to the Menispermaceae family. It is easily identified in the forest by its distinctive features, including adventitious roots (growing out of the usual place) with a diameter of 0.5 to 1.5 cm. These roots emerge from the nodes of the vine, growing like a rope that stretches to the ground, forming roots where it touches the ground. The plant is native to South America and is particularly recognized for its medicinal properties.
Capeba is harvested from the wild for local use as both food and medicine. Fruiting occurs from January to March. The species has sweet fruits with a gelatinous and sticky pulp, suitable for fresh consumption.
Uses and Benefits:
Medicinal properties: Capeba is known for its various medicinal properties and is used in traditional medicine.
Culinary use: The sweet fruits with gelatinous pulp can be consumed fresh or used in the preparation of liqueurs.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 1 to 2 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate