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Top 10 fruits to eat in Colombia

April 1, 2016

There is plenty of talk about Colombian food and the wonders of Colombian fresh fruit, it is in fact one of the country’s strongest export products and one of the many reasons for its fame. Foreigners in Colombia talk about the many fruits they had never seen or tasted before, Colombians abroad go through every stall in local markets and even pay outrageous prices for a taste of home (I’m looking at you 5£ lulo from Harrod’s) so we wanted to make a list of our top 10 fruits to eat in Colombia, so you make sure to try them all.


  1. Lulo: This is probably the first fruit that gets fed to visitors in Colombia, very often in juice or lulada, it’s a favorite because of its acid flavor that packs a punch.
  2. Guanabana: This is a two faced fruit; it can be consumed as a milk based juice or the fruit by itself. People who like one way usually don’t like the other in my experience. The fruit is green and spikey on the outside and white and slimy in the inside. Don’t let the texture fool you, the flavor is delicious.
  3. Feijoa: The name of this fruit makes reference to its Brazilian origin, it’s similar to guava and can be both sweet and sour. In towns around Boyacá it’s very common to eat and make into liquor and desserts.
  4. Curuba: Another staple juice in the Colombian household, again milk based. But for the lactose intolerant, fear not; you can eat it straight from the tree, just be careful not to bite into it or you will crush the seeds resulting in a terrible experience. Just put the droplets in your mouth, savor and swallow.
  5. Tomate de árbol: This one has lovers and haters; no one is wishy washy about this sweet tomato.
  6. Uchuva: Known in English as gooseberries or gold berries, these yellow fruit can be eaten raw or cooked into jams and marmalades, and even sauces for cooking.
  7. Pithaya: It’s also known as dragonfruit, can look intimidating but the flavor is amazing. Just be careful because too much of it is a remedy for constipation.
  8. Granadilla: This is one of the few fruits that won’t be turned into juice in Colombian households. But it is very convenient to eat, just hold it by the stem, crack the top and spoon out the slimy but delicious and sweet insides. Like with the curuba, best not to bite.
  9. Borojo: Colombian native plant, the name means big headed fruit in the native embera language. This fruit is considered to have aphrodisiac properties and is becoming a coveted commodity in the natural remedies market.
  10. Chontaduro:This fruit plays a big part in the culinary tradition of the Pacific region in Colombia. Some eat it with honey or salt and lemmon.

by AI_Bogota. Find out more about AI_Bogota here.