Biriba’s health benefits

The Tootles is a fruit that can be known elsewhere by other names, such as, real countess or araticum Patia . The fruit is born from the beribazeiro, which is the tree responsible for giving rise to this fruit.

The biriba has a characteristic green color, which acquires a yellowish color over time, and its bark is composed of several hexagonal points and even slightly pointed in some varieties of the fruit. Its pulp is very white, where its dark brown seeds are highlighted.

In addition to its exotic appearance, its very sweet flavor and pleasant texture tend to please most palates, even the most demanding ones. If you’ve never heard about biriba, then this article is a great way to learn a little more about this curious fruit and how its many properties can positively contribute to a healthier lifestyle.


Some sources mention the biriba as a native fruit of the Antilles region, however, it can be considered that this is a fruit also originated in Brazilian lands, since it was also disseminated here.

Although it can be found in other states in Brazil, such as São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso, the region where the biriba is found most frequently is in the states surrounding the Amazon.


Biriba is already a fruit that attracts a lot of attention due to its peculiar appearance, but this is not the only way in which this fruit should arouse your curiosity. In addition to being very beautiful and tasty, biriba has several medicinal properties due to its compounds, which makes it extremely nutritious and brings countless benefits to your health.

Among the main items that make up this fruit, thus contributing to a healthier diet rich in important nutrients, we can mention:

  • Vitamin C
  • Beneficial lipids for health
  • Potassium
  • Fibers
  • proteins
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Phosphor
  • Vitamin B1 and B2
  • amino acids
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A


As we said before, the regular consumption of biriba is capable of bringing many benefits to our health. All of this is due to its vitamins and minerals, which together can promote better health and quality of life. Among the main benefits we can mention:

  1. A great ally against Cancer: It is proven that the biriba, its leaves and fruits have important anticancer properties. Although studies in humans have not yet been performed, some studies demonstrate that the extract of this fruit may be able to kill and prevent the growth and proliferation of cancer cells.
  2. Improves food digestion: As it is rich in fiber, biriba has the power to improve the absorption of nutrients necessary for the maintenance of our body, in addition to helping to eliminate toxins produced by our body. All of this means that, in addition to improving our digestion after meals, the consumption of this fruit also helps to reduce the incidence of intestinal problems such as diarrhea and constipation.
  3. Helps maintain eye health and fight infections and diseases: In addition to vitamin C, which is proven to be a great ally to keep our eyes healthy, biriba also has a substance called riboflavin. Both are rich in antioxidants, which improve eye health and help fight free radicals, thus strengthening our immune system and improving the fight against diseases and possible infections.
  4. Contributes to bone health: By having minerals such as calcium and phosphorus in abundance, regular consumption of biriba contributes to better bone health, preventing, or at least reducing, the incidence of fractures and diseases such as osteoporosis.
  5. Promotes heart health: Magnesium, present in biriba, makes it an excellent ally in improving heart health, helping to prevent serious diseases, such as atherosclerosis, acute myocardial infarction, accidents vascular encephalic and arterial hypertension.
  6. Helps in the maintenance of healthier hair and more beautiful skin: As it is also rich in vitamin A, biriba positively contributes to the maintenance of stronger and shinier hair, even improving its growth. In addition, its consumption significantly improves the appearance of the skin, leaving it with more vigor and decreasing the depth of furrows and wrinkles.


As it is a typically Brazilian fruit, biriba can be found more easily in Brazil, but it is traded more frequently in the north and northeast regions of the country. In other regions, this fruit can be found in markets specializing in the trade of exotic tropical fruits.

Now, if you want to grow the biriba at home, it is important to know that the same can be done through its seeds and that the beribazeiro has preferences for fertile soils and a more humid and warmer climate.


Biriba is a fruit whose consumption is extremely versatile. Since its pulp has a sweet and smooth taste after the maturation process, making its fresh consumption fully recommended and very pleasant.

In addition, this tasty fruit can easily be used as the main ingredient in many nutritious and tasty recipes, such as jam, juices, mousses and pies.

Another interesting curiosity about the biriba is that it is an excellent fruit to be included in the diet of people who are in the process of nutritional education. This is because the fruit has an average of only 74 calories and, being a large fruit, and with a reasonable amount of carbohydrates, it will be able to bring the feeling of satiety quickly, healthy and totally efficient.

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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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