Friday, October 26, 2018

Sete Cidades National Park - Piauí State

The park contains arid savanna forest (babassu forests] and areas of contact between savanna, arid savanna, and seasonal forest. It protects an important geological formation and conserves water resources in a dry region. The geological monuments are the main attraction. The park also has some pre-historic cave paintings and inscriptions.

Beauty of millions of years!

Sete Cidades ('Seven Cities') National Park contains seven rock outcrops, called cidades (cities). A 12km walk will get you around.

Visitors are encouraged to see the National Park in a very Brazilian way. There is little information about the geological evolution or structure of the rock formations. Visitors are invited to use their imagination to decide what the rocks might resemble.

The Sete Cidades National Park (Seven Cities), established in 1961, is located in the northeast part of Piauí state, in the municipalities of Piracuruca and Brasileira. The Park covers an area of 6,221.48 hectares, where most of the found flora is typical of cerrado with caatinga spots. Throughout the course of the rivers and springs there are forest spots and aquatic plants living in natural pools and lakes, also beautiful waterfalls.

The site hosts rock formations of about 190 million years old and rich rock inscriptions. The park gets its name because of the different rock groups that seem to form small "cities", exciting visitor's imagination. (search: bnparks).

When to go: The climate is tropical, with average annual temperatures between 25°C. The best time to visit the park is from January to June, when the waterfalls are fuller. The driest season is from June to December.

The city of Piripiri, where the Park's headquarters is located, can be reached by two state capitals:

Teresina, Piaui's capital, lies 165 km from Piripiri through BR-343 highway. Arriving at Posto Petecas, in Piripiri-PI, go straight to the BR-222 highway for 10 km and turn left to the Park's entrance at the km nº 64. 

Fortaleza, Ceará's capital, lies 410 km from km nº 64 through BR-222 highway.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Fruits of Brazil: Jambo

The fruit that Brazilian call the jambo (botanical name Syzygium jambos) has many names in English. Depending on the region, it is known as Malabar plum, plum rose, water apple, jambrosade, rose apple or Malay plum. The names Malabar plum and Malay plum indicate the fruit's original habitat - the tropical zones of South and Southeast Asia. The fruit was carried from Asia back to Portugal by early Portuguese navigators, and thence onward to Brazil, where it flourishes in the tropical regions of the country.

There are many varieties of jambo, but the three most commonly seen in Brazil are distinguished by their color - jambo vermelho (red jambo), which is a dark winy reddish-purple, jambo branco (white jambo) which is an icy, glossy white, and jambo rosa (pink jambo), which is light rosy pink in color.
white jambo

red jambo flower

Red jambo

Pink jambo
The fruit of jambo is smallish, about the size of a child's fist, and slightly elongated - either pear-shaped or bell-shaped. The skin is waxy and thin, and the hollow core of the fruit contains one or two seeds. The flesh is white and is crispy and juicy like an apple. The fruit isn't highly flavored, though it is sweet. It is very aromatic, and the similarity of the fruit's aroma to roses accounts for such English names as plum rose or rose apple.

Jambo isn't highly commercialized, and is usually only seen in markets in areas where the fruit is cultivated. Most of the fruits consumed are eaten fresh, although jambo can be successfully preserved in syrup or made into a compote.
(source :flavorsofbrazil)