The cupuaçu tree flourishes in the Amazon area and its fruit has been used by the natives as a traditional remedy since time immemorial. The fruit is rich in valuable polyphenols and the rare theograndins which belong to the group of antioxidants. The fruit of the Cupuaçu tree can strengthen the immune system and protect against infections and other illnesses. The butter is obtained from the fat of the seeds and, similar to cocoa seeds, is suitable for use in tarts/cakes, pralines and couvertures – unlike cocoa, however, cupuaçu is free of caffeine. The slightly acidic fruit flesh is used in refreshing and soft drinks, yoghurts and ice-creams.
In natural cosmetics,they replace animal sebum and can therefore be used for vegan products, too.