Araticum’s health benefits

You’ve certainly heard the expression “exchanging a cat for a hare”, as it could well be “exchanging araticum for a Count’s fruit”. In some regions, both fruits – despite having different characteristics – are treated as equal in the popular medium. Both, araticum and fruit of the Count, belong to the same family, the Annonaceae, and are typical of the Brazilian cerrado region.

Despite being very similar, araticum and Count’s fruit have distinct textures, smells and aromas.

The araticum is higher pulp and has the yellow or pink tint and highly aromatic. When ripe, araticum turns brown. Its flavor is sweet and sour and its buds come off easily. Its weight can exceed 1 kilo.

The Count’s fruit maintains its green color in the skin even after it has matured. The bark has small black dots and comes off very easily like scales falling apart. It has many seeds, is very sweet and, unlike araticum, has little acidity. Its texture is also grainy on the palate.


The name araticum, like that of many other native Brazilian fruits, has an indigenous origin and means “soft fruit”.

Other names are also often associated with araticum, depending on the region of the country where you are. In the states of the North and Northeast regions, it is also known as ata; In the interior of São Paulo and in Minas Gerais, it is called araticum and in Rio Grande do Sul and Bahia (geographically very opposite states, by the way) it is called fruit of the count or pine cone, which are also different from araticum . , as we talked about above.

The araticum is also called arixicum, articum, marolo, crude, negate head, amazed and cerrado pension. Brazil is really big, and the nicknames that the fruit gained were many.


Cerrado araticum (mato araticum) – The cerrado araticum usually has two varieties of pulp; the pink one – which is sweet and soft – and the yellow one, not too sweet and slightly acidic.

The araticum tree of the cerrado is small, not exceeding 8 meters in height and branches just above the ground, resembling a shrub.

Cerrado araticum is the araticum variety most used in the kitchen. Its use is in beverages, liqueurs, juices, ice cream, cakes, jellies, sweets, etc.

In addition, the araticum of the cerrado has medicinal properties that we will discuss below.

Araticum cagão – It is more common in Minas Gerais and on the shores that go from Paraná to Rio Grande do Sul, passing through the coast of Santa Catarina.

The fruits of araticum shit are not the most appreciated commercially, they do not have a pleasant taste, but they have laxative properties. Growing in orchards other than natural growth in the field is rare.

The tree of the araticum cagão is much larger than that of the araticum of the cerrado, reaching up to 16 meters in height and a trunk of 50 to 70 cm in diameter.

Araticum do brejo – Blooms mainly in coastal regions, such as mangroves, river banks and swamps. The fruits can be eaten fresh or used to make juices. The trunk, as it has a fibrous inner bark, is used in the manufacture of fabrics and in the manufacture of ropes. Its wood is used to make fishing buoys, oars and corks. It is also used as ornamentation and afforestation in general.


Araticum is rich in iron, potassium, calcium and vitamins C, A, B1 and B2. Its seeds are also used to contain diarrhea.

It has low amounts of macronutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, so you can consume it in large amounts without fear of getting fat and guaranteed to benefit from a lot of energy.


  1. Helps in losing weight – Like all fruits that have characteristics of being fibrous, araticum helps to control hunger, as it produces a feeling of satiety, and promotes the proper functioning of the intestine. Oh, and it’s low in calories, see? Enjoy!
  2. Prevents arthritis – Araticum contains magnesium, which eliminates acids from the body and prevents arthritis and rheumatism.
  3. Soft hair ? With araticum! – Vitamin A is responsible for eliminating hair dryness and leaving your hair more shiny and alive.
  4. Fluid retention, not here ! – The araticum bark also brings many benefits to your health. With it you can make teas that are powerful diuretics that eliminate fluid retention and that uncomfortable feeling of bloating.
  5. Intestinal functioning like clockwork – The fiber in abundance in araticum regulates your intestines and helps eliminate harmful toxins.
  6. A powerful ally against anemia – Iron and vitamin C are present in araticum in large amounts, therefore, especially nowadays, where eating correctly is increasingly difficult due to the daily rush, regular consumption of araticum can be an important ally against anemia.
  7. Aging that is for later – The antioxidants present in araticum and, again, vitamin C, also fight free radicals and prevent premature aging of the skin.
  8. The digestive system in full swing – Regular consumption of araticum also leaves your digestive system in full swing .
  9. With the immune system ready for battle – By fighting the body’s free radicals, your immune system strengthens and prevents headaches and colds and improves wound healing.
  10. Stronger muscles – Consuming araticum regularly also combats muscle weakness thanks to calcium and magnesium that are part of the fruit’s composition.
  11. Benefits for pregnant women – The vitamins and minerals in araticum help to develop the brain and the entire nervous system of fetuses. The fetus’ immune system is also healthier and more effective. Consumption of the fruit can also reduce the risk of miscarriage and ease labor pains. It releases nausea, nausea, numbness and mood swings common in the period, in addition to boosting the production of breast milk.
  12. Breathe better – Rich in vitamin B6, araticum is effective in fighting asthma and reducing bronchial inflammation.



what will you need

  • 40g of refined sugar
  • 50ml of alcohol vinegar
  • 2 diced pears
  • ginger to taste
  • chilli pepper to taste
  • 150ml of water
  • 1 tablet of vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons of araticum pulp

how to make

  • In a saucepan, place the sugar and vinegar and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the pears, araticum, vegetable stock dissolved in water and the rest of the ingredients and cook for 60 minutes.
  • Stir periodically.


what will you need

sponge cake:

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

Filling (brigadeiro de araticum):

  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 50ml of milk
  • 1 cup of araticum pulp

how to make


  • Beat the araticum pulp with the milk in a blender and cook with the condensed milk and margarine.
  • Stir until you get the brigadier stitch.

sponge cake:

  • Place eggs and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until creamy.
  • Gradually add the wheat flour and finally the yeast.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with greased baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C.
  • Remove from the oven and, while still hot, unmold on a damp cloth, spread the filling over the bread and roll it up while still warm.
  • Serve cold.


What will you need

  • 3 liters of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon (dessert) of emulsifier
  • 1kg of sugar
  • 600g of araticum pulp
  • 1 puff of salt
  • clove to taste

How to make

  • Bring the milk to a boil for about 1 hour over low heat together with the sugar, salt and cloves.
  • Add the araticum pulp.
  • Wait while it thickens a little and remove from heat.
  • To turn it into ice cream, just add 1 liter of milk for every 400g of candy.
  • Beat in a blender well to dispel any lumps.
  • Change the combination to a mixer.
  • Add a dessert spoon of emulsifier.
  • Beat in an electric mixer for about 10 minutes.
  • Freeze for 40 minutes.
  • Remove and beat in mixer for another 10 minutes.
  • Freeze for 2 hours in a bowl, wrapped in plastic wrap.
  • Remove and serve.
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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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