Part of what makes Colombia exotic lies in the variety of fruit it has to offer. Just take a walk in any supermarket and you’ll know what I mean. While some fruit may be similar depending on where you come from, others will be completely new to you.
Here are 5 of my favourite Colombian fruits:
Available year round, I would say Lulo is the most widely consumed fruit in Colombia. It’s got a very unique flavour that I can only describe as citrusy and is only consumed as a juice as the flavour is far too strong to be eaten. I don’t drink a lot of juices but I’ll have Lulo juice any day of the week. I recommend it as a summer drink as it’s particularly refreshing on a sunny day.
Guanabana is a big green, spiky fruit that is popular all throughout Latin America. They are a massive fruit that could pass as an Alien egg and according to Wikipedia, they can weigh up to 6 kilos. It is eaten straight or mixed with milk and ice to make a juice. The inside of the fruit is made up of an edible chewy white pulp and large black seeds. It tastes like a custard apple except it’s not as sweet nor creamy.
- Mango de azucar (sugar mango)
If some scientist managed to manipulate the mango and create a smaller version with a greater intensity in flavour and sweetness, it would be the sugar mango. It looks exactly like a regular mango except a third of its size and ten times tastier and sweeter. My only problem is that the flesh is a lot more stringy than a regular mango so I always end up spending a good amount of time removing the bits of mango that inevitably get stuck between my teeth. For this reason, what a lot of Colombians do is pierce a bit of the skin and suck out the juice.
This is probably my favourite Colombian fruit and from the general consensus I’ve gathered from other foreigners, it’s their favourite too. If passion fruit and granadilla were twins, then passion fruit would be the evil twin and granadilla its better half. Unlike passion fruit which has is a little sour, granadilla is packed full of flavour and sugary goodness. It’s a little bigger than passion fruit and the skin has an orange colour. The inside is also made up of pulpy black seeds which have a clear colour except it doesn’t have that orange tinge that’s common in passion fruit.
Stemming from the same family, this fruit is even bigger than both granadilla and passion fruit. It’s got a light green and yellow colour and the inside is filled with orange pulpy black seeds just like passion fruit except it’s extremely sour so it’s normally not eaten but rather made into a juice in either water or milk. I grew up drinking a lot of bottled passion fruit juice so Maracuyá is definitely one of my favourites when I do drink juices. Due to it’s sour flavour, most people will sweeten it with sugar or honey but as I try to minimise my sugar consumption, I like to drink it without added sugar or I mix it with a sweeter fruit like orange or pineapple.