A glimpse into my world of food

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Market Series: Las Frutas en Bogota, Colombia

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.


Blogger Josefina said...

Loooove colombian food! We have so much variety of delicious fruits, from big or small, sweets or sour, brilliant or opaque, all are wonderful :)

Josefina - colombia travel

August 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM


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