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Colombia and its Exotic Fruits


Exotic fruits of Colombia
Exploring the exotic fruits of Colombia is not just a culinary adventure but also a journey into the heart of the country’s culture and biodiversity.. Credit: Adam Cohn/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

With over 1,800 identified fruit species, many of which are unique to the region, Colombia boasts a paradise of tropical flavors. Join us on a mouthwatering journey through the exotic fruits that make Colombian cuisine a delightful and unforgettable experience.

Lulo: The Green Citrus Marvel

Start your exotic fruit adventure with lulo, a small, green fruit with a unique tangy flavor that’s a cross between lime and rhubarb. Often used to make refreshing juices and cocktails, lulo is a favorite among Colombians for its zesty and slightly sweet taste. When blended with water and sugar, it transforms into a traditional drink called “lulada,” perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot Colombian day.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Solanum quitoense in Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, in its southern area, is known as lulo. Credit: Public domain/pxfue

Guayaba: A Sweet Tropical Delight

Guava, or “guayaba” in Spanish, is a beloved fruit in Colombia. It comes in various shapes and sizes, and its flavor can range from mildly sweet to intensely aromatic. Colombians enjoy guava in various forms, including as a fresh snack, in desserts, or in the famous guava paste, “bocadillo,” often paired with cheese for a delightful contrast of flavors.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Guava is a fruit that is highly appreciated commercially in Colombia since it can be used in a multitude of preparations Credit Public domain/pexels/Margo White

Soursop (Guanabana): The Tropical Creaminess

Soursop, known as “guanabana” in Spanish, is a unique fruit loved for its creamy texture and sweet, tangy flavor. It’s often used in smoothies, desserts, and traditional Colombian beverages. Soursop’s rich taste and potential health benefits make it a sought-after tropical delight.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Soursop, Colombian fruit. Credit: Adam Cohn/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Pitaya: The Vibrant Dragon Fruit

Colombia’s pitaya, known for its vibrant pink or yellow skin and speckled flesh, is as visually stunning as it is delicious. This exotic fruit has a mildly sweet taste with a hint of pear and kiwi. It’s often eaten fresh or blended into smoothies. Pitaya is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a source of essential nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

Curuba: The Unique Passionfruit Cousin

Curuba, often referred to as “banana passionfruit,” is a tropical fruit that combines the tartness of passionfruit with the sweetness of bananas. It has a bright yellow or orange skin and is filled with juicy, seed-filled pulp. Curuba’s distinctive flavor adds a tropical twist to fruit salads, desserts, and beverages. It’s also a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Two curubas (banana passionfruit), one of them longitudinally cut to show the edible pulp in which the seeds are embedded. Credit: Fibonacci/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Granadilla: The Sweet Surprise

Granadilla, sometimes called “sweet passionfruit,” is a small, round fruit with a tough outer shell that cracks open to reveal a sweet, jelly-like pulp filled with edible seeds. Its flavor is a harmonious blend of sweet and tart, making it a delightful snack or dessert addition. In Colombia, it’s common to eat granadilla by scooping out the pulp with a spoon, savoring each bite.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Granadilla fruit. Credit: Israel Martinez/pxhere/Public domain

Papaya: The Breakfast Star

While papaya is not exclusive to Colombia, it deserves a special mention for its widespread popularity. This tropical fruit is enjoyed fresh in the morning, often with a squeeze of lime or a drizzle of honey. Its vibrant orange color, sweet taste, and digestive enzymes make it a perfect start to the day.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Papaya fruit. Credit: Pxhere/Public domain

Zapote: The Creamy Delight

Zapote, known for its creamy and custard-like texture, is a fruit native to South America. It comes in different varieties, including black sapote and white sapote. Colombians relish the rich, sweet taste of zapote, often using it in milkshakes, desserts, or simply scooping out the pulp with a spoon for a luscious treat.

Exotic fruits of Colombia
Sapote fruit. Credit: Public domain/Pxfuel

These unique flavors add a burst of tropical sunshine to every meal and remind us of the natural treasures that Colombia has to offer. Whether you’re strolling through a local market, enjoying a street vendor’s fruit salad, or sipping on a freshly blended juice, Colombia’s exotic fruits are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more of these tropical delights.

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