FRUIT COMMON IN THE Northeast region of Brazil, although it can also be found in the Midwest, North and South regions. It is sold in stalls on the streets of Northeastern cities or offered by vendors at the beaches. Despite not being cultivated commercially, it is popular among those who were lucky enough to try it fresh, the way it is most commonly consumed. The tree can grow up to 40 feet high, and the fruit has a firm skin, which is brown when ripe and a pit surrounded by a sweet and sour pulp, thin and whitish, with a gelatinous texture. Once open, it is very similar to the lychee, of Asian origin. Close to Recife, in Pernambuco, the municipality of Jaboatão dos Guararapes holds a festival, since the seventeenth century, in honor of Our Lady of Joy. As the celebration coincides with the end of pitomba season, which runs from January to April, it became known as the Pitomba Festival.