Brazilian Tree

example of brazilian tree: a árvore da jaca é a jaqueira

Hello everyone! Are you ready for the beginning of spring in Brazil? Have you ever admired the Brazilian fruit trees we have? In our Dica today, we’ll get to know the names of some Brazilian trees in Portuguese and how to pronounce them. Here you’ll learn some vocabulary so you can make your own sentences and talk about fruit and trees in Portuguese. Do you know what is the jabuticaba, considered the Brazilian fruit? Let’s learn more today!

Vocabulary for Trees and Plants

Do you know how to say tree in Portuguese? Oh, friend, it’s time to learn! Take a look at the vocabulary below and practice the pronunciation listening the audios. And remember, if you have doubts, you can always study Portuguese with us!

PlantarTo plant
SemearTo sow

Pronunciation of Brazilian Fruit Trees

As you would expect from a tropical country, Brazilian fruit trees are a national pride and should be taken in consideration when you’re here visiting. Our fruits are delicious, with such a wide variety and often very juicy and sweet, because Brazil has good weather conditions for the growth of crops. 

Do you know at least the name of one Brazil fruit tree? Which tree gives Jabuticaba, the Brazilian fruit? Take a look here at the names of some of the most common Brazilian fruit trees. 

LaranjeiraOrange tree
MacieiraApple tree
CajueiroCashew tree
MangueiraMango tree
Pereira Pear tree
PessegueiroPeach tree
BananeiraBanana plant
GoiabeiraGuava tree
AmeixeiraPlum tree
CoqueiroCoconut tree
MamoeiroPapaya tree
AbacateiroAvocado tree
FigueiraFig tree
LimoeiroLemon tree
JabuticabeiraJabuticaba tree

What is your favorite fruit tree? Mine is the one known as Jaboticaba a Brazilian fruit similar to a grape, very common here this time of the year. It’s a fruit from the myrtle family (like guava and Brazilian cherries). You should try one when you visit our school in Copacabana. I bet you’ll love it!

Examples for Brazil Fruit Trees

example of fruits that come from Brazilian trees: laranja

In Portuguese we also say that a tree (gives) a fruit and we can call the tree a (foot). Let’s see some examples of trees and Brazilian fruits:

A árvore da laranja é a laranjeira.
The tree that grows oranges is an orange tree.

macieira é a árvore que dá a maçã.
An apple tree is a tree that bears apples.

O pé do caju é o cajueiro.
The tree of cashew apple is the cashew tree.

A árvore da manga é a mangueira.
The tree growing mangoes is a mango tree.

pereira é árvore que dá a pera.
A pear tree is a tree that bears pears.

O pé do pêssego é o pessegueiro.
The tree growing peaches is a peach tree.

A árvore da banana é a bananeira.
The plant that grows bananas is a banana plant.

O pé da goiaba é a goiabeira.
The tree of guava is a guava tree.

A árvore que dá a ameixa é a ameixeira.
The tree that bears plums is a plum tree.

A árvore do coco é o coqueiro.
The tree growing coconuts is a coconut tree.

O pé do mamão é o mamoeiro.
The tree that grows papayas is a papaya tree.

A árvore que dá o abacate é o abacateiro.
The tree that bears avocado is an avocado tree.

A árvore que dá uva é a parreira.
The plant that bears grape is a grapevine.

O pé do figo é a figueira.
The tree growing figs is a fig tree.

limoeiro é a árvore que dá o limão.
The lemon tree is the tree that bears  lemons.

A árvore da jabuticaba é a jabuticabeira.
The tree with jabuticaba is the jabuticaba tree.

The Exclusive Brazilian Tree Fruit?

Brazilian jabuticaba tree - Brazilian grape tree - Jabuticaba fruit
Photo by Bruno Karklis at Wikicommons

Have you ever heard someone talking about a certain Brazil tree fruit? In fact, many people outside the South America refer to this tree as the Brazilian Tree, because for a while, it was believed this plant was exclusively found in Brazil. Its real name, though, is Jabuticabeira, and we will learn a little bit more about it now.

The jabuticaba or jaboticaba is the fruit of the jaboticabeira or jabuticabeira, native to the Atlantic Forest. Against all the expectations from people, this plant IS NOT exclusively found in Brazil! It’s possible to find jabuticaba fruit tree in other South American countries as well! In Brazil, however, it can be found in every state in Brazil. That is because during colonization, it became a tradition for Brazilians to plant the jabuticaba tree in their backyards.

Did you know? The city of Jaboticabal, in São Paulo, was named in honor of this Brazilian berry tree.

Uses of Jabuticaba, the Brazilian Fruit

Jabuticaba is also known as the Brazilian grape tree, and is used for various purposes, both culinary and medicinal:
– Tea with jabuticaba bark is used as a treatment for diarrhea and inflammation in the tonsils, as well as aids in the treatment of asthma, hemoptysis, and inflammation in the intestines.
– Jabuticaba juice is culturally called jabuticabada. The juice was used in many indigenous tribes by pregnant women, as it is rich in iron.
– Jabuticaba wine became common after the immigration of Italians to Brazil! The drink became famous and can still be found in markets and specialty stores!
– Finally, the jabuticabeira wood is very resistant and can be used for the preparation of beams and internal works in houses.

Brazil Fruit Trees Trivia

  1. There is a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro named Laranjeiras. It was named after a region in Portugal of the same name.
  2. Pereira is a common Brazilian last name.
  3. The expression Plantar bananeira means to do a handstand.
  4. Parreira is also the last name of the Brazilian football manager who led Brazil in the 1994 World Cup.
  5. Jabuticaba is often thought to only exist in Brazil, but it can be found in Paraguay and Uruguay.

So, we just learnt the names of several Brazil tree fruit in Portuguese. Do you know of any more Brazilian trees that bear fruit? What are your favorite Brazilian fruits? Have you heard before about the jabuticaba, the Brazilian fruit? Or that it was considered the Brazilian grape? In your home country, is it possible to find these trees?

We’ll see you soon friends!
Kisses from Rio & Learn!

  Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Fruits in Portuguese
Pineapple Juice Recipe

Fruit Market in Rio de Janeiro
Supermarket in Portuguese

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