Another unique Andean fruit (native to Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru) is known in Colombia as LULO (in Ecuador--Naranjilla). The lulo plant (Solanum quitoense) belongs to the nightshade family. It grows in humid climates where there is a lot a rain.
Though the fruit is native to the Andean region, it's delicious juice has inspired farmers in other areas of the world to plant and cultivate the fruit. I was surprised to find out that there are Lulo farmers in Florida.
The taste of Lulo is acidic, and has been described as a cross between Rhubarb and Lime. It is high in calcium, phosphorus, niacin and vitamin C.
You can request a glass of lulo at most restaurants and it really is something not to miss out on!
When I first went to Colombia 15 years ago, I fell in love with Lulo juice. Since bringing home the plant or fruit would have been frowned upon by US officials, I chose to bring home several bags of TANG -- yes, I mean the powdered fruit drink. While in the US we have one flavor choice for Tang, in Colombia there are several. I brought home bags of Tang in Lulo flavor. Definitely, a worthwhile souvenir for celebrating that one year Gotcha Day!
If you are already home from Colombia, and would like to try Lulo Tang, it is a bit pricey, but you can buy it here:
Or try making your own juice using frozen lulo pulp.
You can buy Lulo pulp here:
*Photo by Quimbaya