My Colombian friend Sandra gets grumpy when she doesn’t get enough fruit, and after visiting Colombia with her, I finally understood why. There were a lot of fruit that you can find in parts of Southeast Asia but I also tried many fruit that I had never seen or heard of before.
Cute little pigs outside the produce supermarket
Lulo: like a cross between a kiwi and pineapple. Anyone who loves tangy fruit will like this fruit. I personally prefer it in the form of a juice (mashed in some water). Lulo pulp can be found frozen at Latin American stores in the US.
Related to the tomato I guess?
Maracuya or passionfruit: one of my favorite!
Looks like a cucumber- didn’t particularly like because of the weird texture. Very green tasting.
Mamey I think? Tastes like a cross between a persimmon and pumpkin.
Feijoa: the texture is similar to a guava. Quite tart.
Guanabana: also known as soursop in other parts of the world. A pain to eat but pretty tasty. I like guanabana juice with milk.
It took a while for me to get used to the indigenous corn in Colombia but I liked it the second time I went. It’s not sweet at all and has a very chewy texture.
Thought it was pretty interesting that they bother to make Disney packaging for eggs…
One of my favorite fruits in Colombia was granadilla. It looks like a passionfruit (outside and inside) but it’s sweet and tastes a bit like lychee/longan… I saw it in Mexico, where it is called granada chica.
Pineapples and papaya are much sweeter and flavorful in Colombia than the ones you can get in the U.S. I felt like I was back in Southeast Asia eating all these exotic fruit. Another thing I noticed was that tangerines in Colombia taste exactly like those green tangerines in Bali.