lUlO / naraNjilla

Solanum quitoense, known as naranjilla in Ecuador and Panama and as lulo ([ˈlulo], from Quechua) in Colombia, is a subtropical perennial plant from northwestern South America.
The lUlO plant is attractive, with large elongated heart- or oval-shaped leaves up to 45 cm in length. The leaves and stems of the plant are covered in short purple hairs. Naranjilla are delicate plants and must be protected from strong winds and direct sunlight. They grow best in partial shade.



It has large leaves, velvety, covered with short purple hairs, 30 to 45 cm long. They are oval oblong, with wavy edges and with a petiole up to 15 cm, with obtuse or sharp insertion angles, to capture the light that passes through the forest.



In Ecuador and Colombia the ripe fruit is consumed. It is appreciated for its vitamin C content. Processed in shell, it has a higher content of minerals (such as calcium and phosphorus) and fiber. It is used to prepare desserts, juices or shakes.
The fruit has a citrus flavour, sometimes described as a combination of rhubarb and lime. The juice of the naranjilla is green and is often used as a juice or for a drink called lulada, beverage with pieces of lulo, crushed ice and condensed milk.
In Ecuador, this fruit is used in emblematic drinks of the culture, such as canelazo, purple dressing and chicha. It is also used to make juices in Colombia.

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If there were a hierarchy for tropical fruits with regard to taste and aroma, the naranjilla would stand alone on the highest level, without any doubt.
This fruit has a unique full, exotic flavour, which is completely harmonious and thus, very difficult to describe. Its taste is reminiscent of a blend of strawberry and pineapple.


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