Peru is a large and diverse nation with different kinds of fruits and vegetables to feast on. When you visit Peru, it is important to try unusual fruits that you may not get to try back home. In this article, let us take a look at some of the lesser known fruits that you can try in Peru.
The Lucuma belongs to the Sapotaceae family and looks like a large sweet lime that has turned brown. You may think that it is a sweet and sour fruit, but be warned. It has a dry texture that many may find strange. That said, it has a delicious flavor and is used as an ice cream flavor as well. It is available between October and March in Peru and can be bought in supermarkets and from street vendors. You may even get to try it alongside dulce de Leche, which is a famous dessert.
Prickly pears look like cacti and have sharp needles on the outer surface. Thought they are available in many countries, it is something of a specialty in Peru. While the fruits need to be carefully peeled to ensure that your skin doesn’t come into contact with the thorny layer, it is a delicious fruit you just can’t miss. It is also added to soups and salads, and to certain vegetable dishes. Try the fruit as it is, or enjoy in the form of a smoothie or a dessert. Just make sure to take pictures before you eat, so that you can tell your friends back home what you ate.
Cocona is widely consumed in Peru and visitors often mistake it to resemble tomatoes. It is available in the Amazon rainforest and require a warm climate to grow. Cocona is related to the botanical family of tomatoes and some people describe the fruit to taste something like a cross between a lemon and a tomato. If you like sour fruits, Cocona is the fruit you should try in Peru. You might even want to enjoy it with a glass of Pisco sour and watch the sun set while you are at a beach.
The banana passionfruit is also known as tintin or purpur in Peru. The lengthy fruit resembles a banana but the insides are pulpy with a lot of seeds. The fruit is native to the Andean valleys and has been historically consumed in Peru. In fact, indigenous people ate this fruit prior to the Spanish conquest and the European colonizers took the fruit to other parts of the world. Enjoy the fruit on its own or try one of the ice creams prepared in this flavor.