Bogotá Sábado, 10 / Dic / 2016

Frutas exóticas que todo extranjero debe probar al visitar Colombia

Colombia tiene todo tipo de alimentos que solo se producen en el país y por los cuales nos debemos sentir orgullosos.

Frutas exóticas que todo extranjero debe probar al visitar Colombia

Colombia gracias a sus a su diversidad de climas y sus terrenos tiene la capacidad de producir todo tipo de frutas durante todo el año, lo que no ocurre en Estados Unidos o Europa, por sus estaciones climáticas; pero además los colombianos tenemos la dicha de probar frutas exóticas que no en todo el mundo se da.

Aquí algunas frutas que todo extranjero debe probar cuando visita Colombia: 

Lulo: Solo se le puede encontrar en noroeste de América del Sur. Es ácida y es utilizada para hacer jugos.


The fifth of the exotic fruits is lulo.  It's also known as naranjilla or little orange, but make no mistake, this doesn't taste anything like an orange.  We used our spoons to scoop out and taste the flesh, which looks the same as the flesh of a tomato, and immediately puckered our faces.  This fruit is very tart, much like a lime, which is my favorite flavor....but anything lime-flavored usually has a little sugar added.  Due to its tartness, the lulo is most often used in a juice and rarely eaten raw, and this fruit is loaded with vitamin C.  Some folks even ferment the fruit to make wine out of it!  Yummmmm! ?  I'm grateful my fellow tourists are willing and able to help me get photos of the fruit once they're cut open!

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Feijoa: Tiene corteza de color gris pálido, áspera o algo escamosa



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Zapote negro: Una fruta propia de Colombia con sabor dulce

Borojó: Es considerado una fruta afrodisiaca


The third of the exotic fruits is borojó.  This fruit is green and is about 2-5" in diameter, but the pulp is brown, acidic, very dense, and contains about 100 to 600 seeds.  The pulp is mainly used to make jams, sauces, juice, and even mixed with alcoholic beverages.  The locals use it for a wide variety of medicinal uses against hypertension, bronchial diseases, and malnutrition.  Borojó is also considered an aphrodisiac, a natural source of energy, and a weight control agent.  We were given a small tester spoon to dip into a pint-sized container, and although it's hard to describe the taste, I can tell you it was yummy! ?  I'm grateful the vendors of the market are hospitable and helpful!

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  Tomate de árbol: Es una fruta ácida pero que resulta muy bien en jugos y otras preparaciones 


The first of the exotic fruits is the tomate de árbol or tamarillo or tree tomato. (Did you know the tomato is actually a fruit?) The tomate de árbol is a small, fast-growing tree or bush that provides this egg-shaped fruit and is one of the most popular in this region.  Peak productions is around 4 years and life expectancy is 12 years.  The color of the fruit can vary from yellow, orange, red, and sometimes purple, with the red being more acidic and yellow or orange being sweeter.  We were all given our own spoon, and when I scooped and ate the flesh of this fruit, I was pleasantly surprised to find the taste was like a tomato and sweet fruit. ?  I'm grateful I have this opportunity to try new foods at an extremely reasonable price!

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