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Cupui Fruit Plants (Theobroma Subincanum)

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Cupui Trees (Theobroma Subincanum):

Common Name: Macambillo or Sacha Cocoa

Botanical Name: Theobroma Subincanum

General Information: Indigenous to South America, specifically Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, Close relative of the chocolate tree. Produces large, hard-shelled fruits with brown skin. Seeds have edible pulp with a delicious, sweet flavor, hints of pineapple, and banana.

General Health Benefits: Excellent emollient, restoring the skin's natural moisture barrier. Softens upon application, allowing for quick absorption.

Seals in moisture, rehydrates the skin, increases suppleness, and reduces signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

High antioxidant content protects the skin from UV radiation, environmental pollutants, and smoke. Suitable for various skin types, especially beneficial for dry skin.

Commonly used in hair products for hydration. Rich in saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, penetrating the hair shaft and restoring hydration.

Studies show significant restoration of hair hydration and prevention of protein loss. Keeps hair soft, healthy, and prevents damage.

Rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, combating oxidative stress. Supports gut health, boosts feelings of fullness, and aids blood sugar management.

Antioxidant-rich foods in the diet are linked to a lower risk of inflammation and chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Blooming Time/Fruiting: 3-5 Years

Maintenance Required: Moderate

Planting and Care

Grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 20 - 30°c, tolerating 16 - 40°C. Grows best in the dappled shade of other trees. Prefers a relatively rich, circumneutral soil. The plant is not drought tolerant, being unable to withstand even short dry seasons without the protection of dense shade and local humidity.

Special Feature

A decoction of the crushed bark is used to expel stomach worms and to treat stomach ache and pains in the liver and upper chest. An oil, known as cacao butter, which is solid at room temperature, is obtained from the seed being used locally as a food and medicine.


The edible pulp is often consumed, usually in the form of juices, and greatly enjoyed within the plants native range. The seeds are also sometimes used for chocolate production. The tree is normally harvested from the wild, but it is also sometimes cultivated. The fruits are often sold in local markets.