Get Your Fruit – Here!



 Images of Fruit and Vegetables in Bogota


"That's straight-up fruit!" Kris - Denver, CO, USA (after tasting jugo de mora (blackberry juice) for the first time.)


Bogota is very fortunate to boast a stunning variety of fruit year-round.  Following is a list of the fruit that you will find at most fruit stalls, street vendors and supermarkets.  The vast majority of restaurants, whether large or small, also make jugo naturales, fresh juice made from fruit pulp blended in either leche (milk) or agua (water) with sugar -unless otherwise requested - be sure to ask “Que jugos tienen hoy?


Many fruterias also serve ensalada de fruta, freshly prepared fruit salad generally prepared with cream, cheese and coconut, but you can always request a modification if desired.  Street vendors specializing in freshly sliced fruits of all kinds can be found throughout Bogota.  Treat yourself to agua de coco (coconut milk sipped through a straw in the coconut husk), candied coconut, zingy-sweet pineapple, tart or sweet mango with lime, salt or honey, salpicon (fruit salad topped with a bit of soda), and more.  You will also find vendors selling very freshly squeezed orange or mandarin juice – a true treat indeed.        


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Following is a list of just some of the fruitful bounty that can be found throughout Bogota:


Araza – this canary zings!  Look for a bright yellow fruit that will tempt you, and get ready for a highly acidic taste.  Mix with water and sugar or honey for a refreshing drink.


Banano – Bananas!  From the small, flavor-packed criollas, to the larger, more common shape, the taste of this fruit is nuts!


Ceresa – the delicious Colombian cherries are usually available in February and March; you can even find cherry trees in some parks!  Otherwise, Chilean cherries are available.


Chirimoya – also known as the custard apple, the exterior of this fruit, with its fleshy spikes, might be a bit imposing, but don’t let that stop you from tasting the smooth white fruit that surrounds the seeds and lines the inside of the skin.  Hints of pineapple, strawberry, papaya and banana meld together, offering a truly unique taste sensation.    


Chonto Duro – known as an aphrodisiac and performance enhancer, this round and somewhat meaty seasonal fruit is usually covered with a bit of honey or as a juice by street vendors.


Ciruela – small, red plums that can be found year-round.  The fruit is also used in the delectable Torta de Ciruela, a dark cake made with semi-dried plums, wine and nuts.


Coco – shredded, milked, creamed, candied or riced coconut is so divine.


Curuba – don’t be fooled by the cucumberesque appearance, the taste of this vitamin and mineral rich fruit is a soothing blend of banana and passionfruit, that is used for juice, desserts, sauces and more.   


Durazno – Just Peachy!  That’s how you’ll be when tasting the fuzzy one either fresh, as a juice or in a multitude of amazing pastries.


Feijoa – this green, egg-shaped fruit’s sweet and juicy pulp is surrounded by a slightly gritty flesh.  Typically you will find it on juice menus in Bogota, and it froths-up beautifully when blended with water.  It is very different from anything you may have had before, especially if you are from the U.S. or Europe.  


Frambuesa – raspberries are most commonly found frozen and blended with water or milk and sugar for a fantastic juice.


Fresa – it seems like Strawberry Fields are Forever in Colombia, especially in Guasca, a rural area about 40 minutes from Bogota, where strawberry cultivation is an art.  The product of which is a large, bright red, sweet fruit.  Smaller, wild strawberries are also found in some shops and fruit stands.  Fresas con crema (strawberries and cream) is a mainstay in many fruterias and some pastelerias.  Jugo de fresa (strawberry juice) is a true delight that can be found almost anywhere fresh juice is prepared.  


Granadilla – the orange-yellow skin cracks a bit like an egg, and gives way to a white membrane that protects the jellyish opaque fruit.  Sweet, delicious and crunchy, this fruit is the pits!


Guama – look for a long, green encasing and be prepared to fall in love with pods when tasting the soft, white, fuzzy flesh encasing the black seeds of this seasonal delicacy.


Guanabana – also known as Soursop – big, green and spiky on the outside, white, creamy and pitty on the inside.  This fruit is a smooth and refreshing treat served either in a cup to be eaten like custard, or blended for juice.  


Guayaba – You can tell when a guava is ripe by the wonderful perfume it emits.  Usually the seeds of the fruit are scooped-out and the cask is eaten.  A very traditional way to serve guava is with queso campesino (a white cheese), or as a pastey sweet called bocadillo.


Lulo – yellow-orange flesh covers green fruit and seeds.  Most commonly, the fruit is used to for a wonderfully frothy and unique drink called lulado.  


Mango – several varieties of mangos are available in Bogota, one of the most popular is the smaller Mango Azucar, a concentrated powerhouse of mangolicousness.  Fresh mango juice is also very popular.


Maracuya – Passion fruit, so tangy, a bit acidy and sweet, select the most shriveled yellow fruit from the stand, or drink it blended with water and sugar.  For a special treat, try chocolate and maracuya at a chocolatier like xoco.


Manzana – golden, green and red, an apple a day never tasted so good.  


Mandarina – the smaller, sweet, delectable mandarin orange. 


Momoncillo – small and green, this fruit can taste like a lime or a lychee. 


Mora – blackberry, most commonly found frozen and blended with water or milk and sugar for a fantastic juice.


Naranja – the larger, sweet, delicious navel orange.  


Papaya – bigger than what is usually seen in the U.S. and Europe, the bright coral fruit is slightly sweet.  The little black seeds can also be eaten for a peppery treat.  


Piña – sweet and tangy freshly peeled pineapple can be found in fruit shops and from street vendors.


Pitaya – a pliant, spiky flesh protects a white seedy fruit.  Pitaya is renowned for its diuretic and energy-inducing properties.  


Tomate de Arbol – it’s a tomato, but it’s not.  A cross between a green tomato and passionfruit, this tree climber is used primarily for a slightly tangy juice.


Uchuva – also known as gooseberry, these small, round and tangy orange delights pack a lot of flavor, and a high fiber content.


Uva – plump, juicy, delicious green and purple grapes.


Zapote – what do you get when you cross a pumpkin, a sweet potato, and a lot of natural sugar?  It’s Zapote, or Mamey, or Sapote.  The brown flesh gives way to wonderful orange fruit that can be either eaten, or added to milk for a lovely batido.


When in Bogota, or travelling across Colombia, be sure to enjoy as many of these wonderful fruits as you can, and you will add a flavorful sensation to your memories.


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