Colombia is one of the most diverse Latin American countries speaking about fruits. In fact, it has a lot of wonderful, tasty and colorful fruits. The names of Colombian fruits are also funny and nothing easy for English speakers.
ProColombia, touristic entity of Colombian state, affirms that this Latin American country is the 9th exotic fruit supplier in the world. Also according to FAO’s data of 2017 Colombia is the third latin country with more fruit hectares.
Depending on the season, you’ll find in supermarkets or stores some of the fruits we putted on the list. The ranking is according to our preferences.
- Tomate de Árbol (Tree Tomatoe)
- Torombolo or Carambolo
In Colombian coast It’s common to find places to try a delicious Lulo smoothie. Some locals sell milkshakes with these fruits. Zapote tastes better mixed with milk, the rest of the fruits are good with water. You’ll hardly find a Pitahaya juice, because normally people slice this fruit.
Other establishments sell mixed juices, combining Lulo with Maracuyá (Passion Fruit) and others. The franchise Nativos has a nice mix of Guanábana and Strawberry called “Morango”, this business has spread in many cities of Colombia.
Other Colombian fruits
Mamón, Corozo, Uchuva, Iguaraya, Granadilla, Borojó, Chontaduro and Camu Camu are less common depending the state or department you’re visiting.
It’s shocking to see fruits with different aspect, because worldwide fruits have commonly vibrant colors. The first time I tried Borojó, I didn’t expected that flavor from a brown fruit. I really enjoyed Borojó milkshake, some people say it has aphrodisiac properties and high-quality proteins. Colombians use this fruit to make jam and desserts.
The first time I taste Corozo Juice I thought it was a type of fresh tea, for me it was almost like touch the heaven. I hope you can enjoy this amazing fruit, I met Corozo in Colombian Coast, specifically in Valledupar, a little city located in Cesar Department of Colombia.
I wasn’t surprised by the taste of Mamón because, it’s a familiar fruit to me, in Venezuela is easy to find these. But Raúl fell in love with it, it is a rounded and little fruit covered of a sweet skin, to eat it, you only need to take off the green cover and suck like a candy inside your mouth, just don’t swallow.
It’s a typical fruit from La Guajira desert, so probably you won’t see this fruit. It is a race of Pitahaya, with red color.
It has an orange cover and sweet grain inside. Looks like Maracuyá seeds but with a different flavor, usually you have to savor the seeds inside your mouth but it’s also possible to make a juice.
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Papaya, Mango, Banana, Guayaba (Guava) and Maracuyá are staple fruits. You better try a Guayaba Milkshake if you have the chance. Guava membrillo with costeño cheese (white cheese) can be addictive for those who like sweet and salty mixtures.
Zapote Costeño is different, because it has only one seed in the center, this is normally used to milshakes and Zapote Cachaco doesn’t work for this type of beverages.