An Introduction to the Most Exotic Colombian Fruits

Known for its beautiful tropical landscapes and tasty coffee. With its tropical landscape, there are a wide variety of Colombian fruits. Coming from a western country this will perhaps be one of the biggest attractions for you.

Colombia is a country that should be on the forefront of any traveler or expat’s mind who is considering their next destination. Not only because of the many incredible places to see, but because there is no time in history that the country has been safer and more accessible to foreigners.

The contrast between the preserved and imported tropical fruits of the US, compared to Colombian fruits is very evident. In Colombia you will find the fruits, generally speaking to be much fresher and more flavorful thanks to that fact that it is extremely close to its point of origin.

Although there are many, many different Colombian fruits that might are relatively unknown in many Western Countries, this article will introduce you to a few of the fruits that stand out and are common crowd-pleasers.

Lulo

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Although it grows on only a small shrub or tree, lulo is one of the most exotic and renowned Colombian fruits.

Oftentimes you will find locals introducing you to this option before any other due to its common likability factor in its citrus and acid flavor. If you’re an expatriate from a western country, you will recognize it via its resemblance to the orange.

Granadilla

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With a 12 month waiting period before a plant can produce the Granadilla and a 12 week period for the fruit itself, it’s appropriate that the Granadilla is a fruit that commands a lot of attention.

The fruit contains a semi-hard exterior that can be cracked open where you will find slippery, juicy little seeds that you can suck down or eat with a spoon. With a hard and slippery surface, this Colombian fruit is known for its sweet tasting pulp which is sometimes juiced and used to add taste to various drinks.

Cherimoya

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One of the most scarce yet in demand fruits in Colombia, the cherimoya fruit has a green exterior with a soft and sweet inside. This Colombian fruit cannot grow to its potential in any extreme conditions, like tropical lowlands or high altitudes. Extreme drainage is often required for it to have its authentic taste.

Despite this long arduous process, the result is a very tropical blend of flavors that come out delicious. In fact many individuals have noted that it is the best tasting fruit due to its non-discriminatory nature towards all taste preferences.

Guanabana

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fruit that has a plentiful amount of health benefits and is tasty? Commonly known as Soursop in English countries, the Guanabana has been the subject of talk for a lot of websites concerning its benefits.

The flavor can be likened towards a pineapple with a citrus after taste. You will often find the texture of these odd as although they look solid, on the fingers they feel quite liquidy.

Mamoncillo

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With a rigid layer of skin, this Colombian fruit by the name of Mamoncillo is quite simplistic in its nature and origin.

With clusters of 12 fruits in one on each branch it stems from, Mamoncillo are a great staple fruit. When ripe, the fruit is extremely acidic tasting and is often compared to lychee.

Pitahaya

Commonly known as the dragon fruit, the Pitaya is uncommon in its appearance and satisfying in its sweet taste.

Originating from a cactus, this Colombian fruit contains a leathery and scaly skin that often makes it hard to assume its grape-like taste. Aside from the taste, the fruit can be consumed as a laxative.

More Colombian Fruits

Aside from these exotic Colombian fruits, there are many other options which are familiar to those of us from North America, including oranges, avocados, watermelons, mangoes and apples.

Although the tastes of these fruits are fundamentally the same, many will claim there are enhancements in both variations and tastes as a result of the production occurring so close to the time and place of consumption.

The above Colombian fruits are only few of many that Colombia has to offer. Because of its prime location, there are not many other places on earth that travelers and expats can experience such a wide range of delicious fruits on a daily basis. Be sure to leave your mind open, and give the above options a try before anything else.

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Ryan S.

Ryan was planning to backpack through all of South America, but he started in Colombia and never made it past Medellin. He has since called Medellin home, as he explores everything this incredible city and country has to offer. Ryan is the author of Big Travel, Small Budget: How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World.