I had no idea the variety of delicious, colorful fruit that existed on this Earth until I went to Colombia and began exploring all the exotic fruits they had. It’s strange to realize you don’t have an “English” name for something, because you’ve never seen it before, ever. Or that you only have one, high-level name for a whole group of things – passion fruit for example – there are a ton of very different varieties of passion fruit – each with their own unique name!
Think about it like this, there is a HUGE difference between a Honey Crisp apple and a Red Delicious apple, but if all you’ve ever had is a red delicious apple, this is what you consider an apple.
I highly recommend finding a fruit tour while in Colombia. Your guide will be able to pick the fruit when it is ripe, so you get the fruit at its best! Just don’t expect to see any yellow lemons for some unknown reason. When it comes to tours, I can’t say enough good things about the Exotic Fruits Tour with Real City Tours in Medellín, Colombia. I even plan on going on the tour again the next time I return!
Exploring the Exotic Fruits of Colombia
If you are ready to start exploring the exotic fruits of Colombia, here are few fruits you must try:
Since the first time I tried them at the market in Medellín, cherimoyas or custard apples have become my favorite fruit. You just scoop the creamy, sweet insides out with a spoon and enjoy. However, even in Medellín it is difficult to find good cherimoya at the store – you really need to know how to identify a good one.
You’ve probably heard of guayaba or guava before. While, this isn’t my favorite fruit to eat on its own, you’ll often find it in juices. It is also used in a lot of candies, like Rollos de Guayaba (guava rolls) and mixed with a caramel like mixture, which I love.
Have you ever heard of dragon fruit? pitahaya or pitaya is dragon fruit! You’ll see two main types in Colombia, red and yellow and both are delicious.
You’ll find passion fruit all over the place and there are so many different kinds – maracuyá, granadilla, gulupa, curuba. The fruit itself is delicious, but you’ll also find it in juices, drinks, and desserts. To eat one, you can use your fingers or a spoon to push into the outer shell until it cracks opens and then make an opening big enough to scoop or suck out the insides. The seeds can be chewed and they have a bit of a crunch to them.
Maracuyá is one of the more popular varieties of passion fruit and is easy to find. You’ll often find it in juices, drinks, and desserts. If you have the opportunity to order something with maracuyá, you should definitely go for it! I never hesitate to have my pisco sour flavored with maracuyá!
I want to specifically call out granadilla because it is so easy to find and it makes for the perfect snack. It is sweet and little bit sour or tangy. Granadilla is eaten in the same manner as other passion fruits, you just lightly crack open the outer shell and scoop or suck out the yummy insides.
Lulo is really popular as a fresh juice. If you’re ordering juice, it will almost always be an option, but you won’t really find it as an option to eat on its own.
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