Araza Fruit, Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata) – Smoothie ingredient

Araza Fruit, Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata) Identification & Uses

Araza a really sour, yellow, softball sized fruit that has a thin outer peel. So thin in fact that this fruit is not exported because it travels so poorly. Its center is filled with seeds and the surrounding flesh is creamy with an extremely pleasant smell.

Araza fruit whole

Big, Beautiful, Bountiful Fruits

 

Araza Fruit on Tree

A Fruit on the Short Tree

The Araza fruit is so high in vitamin C that oranges go to it when they have a cold! Seriously!
We are told that Tico’s cook araza with rice and also use it to make a delicious ice cream. We, so far, only use it for smoothies. I absolutely love everything about this fruit, taste and texture included. There are 6 fruiting trees on our farm in Matina and two more recent additions that should be fruiting in 2 to 3 years. The tree produces fruit four times a year so there is seldom a time that we are without it.

Araza inside seeds

Cut in Half You Can See the Seeds

Peeling Araza fruit

When Ripe the Skin Peels Away Easily

Araza Fruit flesh

Sour and Juicy Araza Flesh

How do we use it? In a smoothie, of course

Because the fruit is tart we always add a sweet fruit such as bananas or mangos (depending on what is in season), passion fruit yogurt and sometimes honey to the smoothies, add cacao nibs to the mix and the flavor is out of this world.

Araza in blender
Barry just made an awesome hot pepper jam using araza and our habaneros. It’s great with cream cheese on a cracker.

Araza Fruit Hot Pepper Jelly 

2 cup Araza (peeled and de-seeded)
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Habanero Peppers (use gloves when de-seeding these can burn your skin and eyes)
4 cups Sugar
3 Limes (juiced)

Put everything in a big pot and cookdown. After 30 min. put a dab on a cold plate in the freezer, if thickens then mixture is ready to jar.

12 comments on “Araza Fruit, Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata) – Smoothie ingredient”

  1. Robert Romney Reply

    Just finished a small batch of wine with the araca boi. Slightly sweet and it is out of this world. we live outside Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica

      • Robert Romney Reply

        Araza wine June 9 2016
        ^6whole Araza peeled and de seeded (3 lbs)
        6 litres water
        2 tsp pectic enzyme
        2 tsp yeast nutrient
        ¼ tsp tannin( needs ½ tsp)
        3 ½ kg sugar
        Ec1118 yeast
        spg 1.090
        Racked june 16 added 1 campden tablet and 1/2 tsp sorbate.
        Bottled July 2 spg 1.010

        This is the recipe I used. It cleared very quickly.

        • Robert Romney Reply

          Kimberly, I was just looking over the recipe I posted. Boy what a mistake I made, do not use 3 1/2 kg of sugar, use only 3 1/2 lbs . your starting specific gravity would be off the scale. Sorry about that.
          Are you an experienced vintner or a newbe? If the latter contact me direct and I can help.

  2. Casey Reply

    Did some more looking in books. Can’t find araza, but I think your fruit is guayaba de mico or fruta de mono. Are the flowers white and on long stems? Book says they can be grown at up to 1700m elevation.

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    • Kimberly Beck Reply

      Hi Casey. This fruit is indeed araza. Look the scientific name up on Google (Eugenia stipitata) and you will find it there.

  3. Casey Reply

    Guayaba (guava) is a different fruit over here on the Pacific side. It’s a tree and the fruits are about the size of walnuts, yellow with pink insides, and they grow in clusters. Also delicious!

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    • Kimberly Beck Reply

      Guava & Guayaba are used for just about every fruit that I can think of over here, even this one that they call guayaba havaiana (sounds like Hawaii- ana). We also have what I would consider normal guavas, some have pink flesh & others have white. The ones that people use for production here are the shape of avocados & not round like the normal ones. Didn’t believe it until I saw it.

    • mike Reply

      There is also Araca Pera (Psidium acutangulum] that is a sour Guava relative. This is also called Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata)

  4. Malcolm Reply

    We make a jam from the fruit with only raw cane sugar added and it is killer!

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