How to spell Jaboticaba?

How to spell Jaboticaba?

If you are here, I assume you know what jaboticaba, or jabuticaba, is. If not, please check our other articles, here and here.


Now, how should you spell it? You might have seen mainly two variations:


  • Jabuticaba with an U

    • This is the prevalent spelling in Portuguese. In fact it is not even Portuguese, it was absorbed by the Brazilian spoken Portuguese from the Brazilian ancestral indigenous population language Tupi. This is also the prevalent spelling used in Spanish.


  • Jaboticaba with an O

    • This is the prevalent spelling in English. Merriam-Webster dictionary uses the "o" spelling and Google scholar has 253 English hits for jabuticaba and 767 for jaboticaba. NGram viewer shows historic prevalence of usage in English with "o" as well. There are even some Portuguese reference sources that refer to the plant with the “o” speling*, but that is rare. This is also the prevalent spelling in French and German.



You might also have found lesser frequent references to the same fruit as the Brazilian Grape Tree.


 Scientific name

Not even the scientists seem to agree on what to call this plant! As you know the scientific notation is formed of two latin (or latinized) words. The First scientist to name this plant was Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, and he named it Myrciaria cauliflora in 1854. Around 102 years later Eberhard Max Leopold Kausel called it Plinia trunciflora or Plinia cauliflora. However according to Lorenzi et al.**, Plinia trunciflora would be another species popularly known as Jabuticaba-café.



Now for a curiosity: in Chinese it is called 嘉宝果 - Jiā bǎo guǒ - that can be loosely translated as Fine Treasure Fruit! Nice, isn’t it?



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* FERREIRA, A. B. H. Novo Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa. Segunda edição. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 1986. p.977

** LORENZI, Harri et al.: Frutas brasileiras e exóticas cultivadas (de consumo in natura), Instituto Plantarum de Estudos da Flora, Nova Odessa, SP, 2006. ISBN 85-86714-23-2


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