The Solanum quitoense is a fruit native to northwestern South America. You see it pictured here for sale at a stand at Bogota’s Paloquemao Market.
It can be found in a variety of countries including Panama and Ecuador — where it is referred to as a ´naranjilla´or little orange due to its color.
In Colombia, it is called ¨Lulo¨, a word from the native Quechua language.
It is round and usually measures about 6 centimeters in diameter when mature.
The sweet fruit is said to provide a variety of health benefits: reinforcing bone density, improving digestion and helping to detoxify the body, among others.
In Colombia, it is often used to make a drink called a ¨Lulada¨made of mashed lulos, lime juice, sugar, water and ice.
Make sure to try it when you visit Colombia!
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