CANDELA PERÚ

BIODIVERSITY

COPOAZU


Theobroma grandiflorum

Copoazu is a fruit that belongs to same family as cacao, Malvaceae. It is also known as “white cacao” and its trees (which can reach 20 meters of height) grow throughout the Amazon rainforests in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in tropical ecosystems. 

The fruits are large and are covered by a very hard, brown exocarp. The fruit is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and theobromine, which is an alkaloid that stimulates de circulatory system.  Additionally, copoazu butter is extracted from the seeds, which is ideal to hydrate, repair and protect the skin, especially after it has been exposed to the sun since it has a large capacity of water retention, oils and fatty acids.

It has a very distinctive flavor, and the pulp is very refreshing. It is traditionally used by locals to prepare all sorts of smoothies and shakes.