Exotic Fruits of Colombia - Which Ones Should You Try?

Exotic Fruits of Colombia - Which Ones Should You Try?

Colombia is characterized in the world for its biodiversity which is reflected in the variety of fruits that can be tasted in any corner of the country. It is normal to appreciate it from the simplicity of a cart in the streets while the cheerful vendor announces his long list to the market squares and even in the supermarkets in each city.

The magic of their flavors, smells, colors and textures, representative of the different types of climates. We can take a refreshing coconut water in a city on the Caribbean coast, hydrate with a piece of watermelon from the Andean region just in front of the sea, go to Cartagena to try its typical cocada. Dare to taste a juice with aphrodisiac properties in the Pacific or a sweet bocadillo guava-based in the small towns of Santander.

While you travel, your palate will taste countless flavors of this land, which is why every Thursday and Friday, The Dreamer in Santa Marta / Palomino offers its guests an afternoon full of flavor and freshness exposing the typical and exotic fruits of the country in one place. You can try several and choose your favorite.

A pitahaya by  Marco Fihrtz

A pitahaya by Marco Fihrtz

Here are some examples of this great variety of fruits that you can enjoy:

Borojó: This exotic fruit is grown in the Colombian Pacific. It is known in the country for its reputation as a sexual enhancer, with a brown and fleshy appearance that appeals a lot. The traditional way of tasting it is in juice prepared with milk or water to which supposedly aphrodisiac properties are attributed.

Pitaya: It is known as "the fruit of the dragon", of a soft sweet flavor, you can find it yellow or pink, the first being the most popular. It has digestive and immunological properties. It is grown in the Valle del Cauca.

Torombolo: Also called the star fruit, known in the Valle del Cauca and San Andrés Island. It is rich in water and has a acid taste, special to enjoy it in refreshing juices, pulps and jams. Its particular shape is favored for the decoration of cocktails.

Uchuva: (Andean Region) This juicy yellow fruit captivates the palates in the world; Its semi-sweet and sweet flavor made it a perfect ingredient for the preparation of desserts, sauces and yogurt.

Guava: This fruit is undoubtedly one of the most representative in Colombia. Its flavor varies according to the type of guava, as they are acidic and sweet, both are pulpy and covered with a fine edible skin. It can be tasted in juices, sweets such as the famous "bocadillo", jams, compote or the same raw fruit. This fruit is present throughout the year and is very economical.

Papaya: Very common in the Caribbean Coast, this tropical fruit of orange color and sweet flavor is tasted in salads and juices in the Colombian kitchen.

Corozo or canned grape: Exotic fruit on the Caribbean Coast; Its appearance is similar to cranberry and its taste is acidic. With this fruit you can prepare a refreshing juice, wines, sauces and sweets.

Soursop: Very healthy tropical fruit of bittersweet, juicy, pulpy flavor well known in the country. It can be tasted in juice with milk or water and it is easy to find it in supermarkets. Anticancer properties are attributed to it.

Lulo: It is a very common fruit of the Andean region in Colombia, it has an orange color, its pulp is full of seeds and has a bittersweet flavor. It is traditionally enjoyed in juices.