Friday, November 6, 2009
A lesson in Colombian Fruit (and a few Vegetables)
Chontaduro is grown on a tree and sold on the street topped with salt or honey. It tastes like a raw sweet potato.
Yucca is a common starch for lunch.
Tomate de Arbol. There are three varieties. This one was cross-pollonated with a Mora (blackberry) fruit, thus the dark seeds.
Sandia pequena (small watermelon)
Pitaya is considered good for digestion.
Papayuela is generally not eaten plain, but is eaten with sugar or cinnamon and panela.
There are many different sizes of papaya.
Marta cannot remember the name of this fruit. Any ideas?
Mora makes delicious juice.
Mazorca is a large, soft kernel corn which is commonly found roasted on the streets.
Maracuya (passionfruit) has a very strong, but appealing flavor.
Colombian apples are harder and sour...better for baking.
Lulo is good for lowering your blood pressure.
Higo is grown on a cactus-like tree (also called "Prickly Pear.")
Habas are a giant dried legume commonly found in soups.
Guayaba is considered the cheapest and most nutritous fruit of Colombia.
Guatilla has the same flavor and texture as a potato, but grows on a tree.
Granadilla (we call it booger fruit) is the first fruit given to babies in Colombia. They start eating it at 2 months, without the seeds.
Three common types of potatoes (for Ajiaco).
Coconut is commonly eated raw, fried, and shredded. Rice is sometimes cooked with coconut milk (near the coast).
Carambolo (we call it starfruit) is fun for decorating glasses of juice.
Arracacha is another member of the potato family.
Posted by Jennifer Chappell Deckert at 8:37 AM