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The Plant Behind Jagua Body Art

The clue is in the name! "Jagua" is of course the name of the fruit that is used to make Jagua Body Art.

The jagua fruit grows on trees all over tropical areas of South America. The dye comes from the unripe fruit, but the fruit is also picked when it's ripe for eating and making drinks. The fact that the jagua fruit can be found over such a wide area is said to be because of its popularity as an edible fruit and as a body art resource.

The Latin Name for the Jagua Fruit is Genipa Americana. The fruit also has a lot of other common names, like Huito, Jenipapo and Caruto.There are also some really cool names like "Marmalade Box" and  "Confiture de Singe" (which basically translates as "Monkey Jam.")  But Jagua is by far the most well used name.

Plant Classification:

  • Family: Rubiceae
  • Genus: Genipa
  • Species: Genipa Americana L

For some more botanical information about Jagua please see some of the websites that are listed on our Links page.

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