June 15, 2021 3 min read
Peruvian cuisine is one of the most mesmerizing and celebrated around the world, and this is no accident. Aside from the many cultural contributions, Peru has an enormous variety of native food that you can’t find anywhere else. Discover the most delicious, juicy and even rarePeruvian fruits and add them to your “to try” list.
In the swamps of the south tropic, we find one of the most succulentPeruvian fruits. The Aguaje grows from a palm type of tree and resembles a small pineapple. It has a flavor similar to carrots and it’s eaten raw, in jams, juices and ice creams, it’s even fermented and drunk as palm wine.
ThisPeruvian fruit grows in the mountain area of the Andes, and it looks like a round avocado with a hard shell but with yellow, soft pulp that surrounds a large pit. The Lucuma was considered by the Incas as sacred and very cherished, it’s even called by some people as “the last gold of the Incas”. Because of its sweet taste like maple syrup and sweet potato, it’s a very popular ice cream flavor.
Aguaymanto is a sort of berry fruit very popular in Peru since ancient times. This fruit is full of vitamins and it shares family with the green tomatoes, you can even see the resemblance in its paper-like wrapping that protects the fruit from bruising.
You can say Chirimoya is aPeruvian fruit very similar to apples, only that Chirimoya has a very hard custard. It is very easy to eat due to its soft texture and sweet taste. Chirimoya is without a doubt, very popular both inside and outside Perú. This fruit has strong antioxidant properties.
Caigua is a fruit from the family of the pumpkin, it looks like a cross between a cucumber and a green chili. This is one of manyPeruvian fruitsthat feature several delicious dishes such as the Caigua rellena, stuffed with beef, raisins and olives.
Pacay is certainly a very rarePeruvian fruit admired around the world. It looks like a giant pod, like the ones that contain green peas. When you open said pod you’ll find big, black seeds surrounded by a white juicy pulp that resembles in taste a tasty vanilla ice cream. What’s better than eating a fruit that tastes like dessert, right?
While the passion fruit or Maracuyá is a very popular food all around the world, not many people know it has a yummy relative called Tumbo, also known as the banana passion fruit. ThisPeruvian fruit resembles in shape a small, fat banana, but with very “gooey” insides and edible seeds. Although it can be eaten raw it’s not uncommon to find it in juices and cocktails.
If you thought oranges contain the largest amount of vitamin C, think again. Camu camu is thePeruvian fruit with the world’s largest vitamin C concentration. These tiny berries range from purple to red and yellow and you can find them growing in bushes near the Amazon.
AnotherPeruvian fruit that grows in the depths of the Amazonian jungle is the Cocona. With its body that resembles a little pepper, Cocona can be found in colors ranging from reddish yellow to purple. In flavor, it is said to taste like a mix of tomato and lemon.
You’ve probably heard this one before, Pitahaya is one of the most exoticPeruvian fruits you can find. From the inside it looks like a white kiwi because of the seeds and juicy texture, but on the outside it’s hard, kind of prickly and bright pink colored. Also known as the dragon fruit, the Pitahaya grows from a very rare night- blooming cactus.
As you can see, berries and cherries are very commonPeruvian fruits. Capulin is a juicy, aromatic red cherry that is enjoyed in several desserts and also in natural syrups to treat respiratory diseases.
There are plenty morePeruvian fruits yet to be talked about, these are just some of the most popular and recognized in other countries. Now that you see the diversity of plant-based food this country has you can understand a bit more of how they cook such balanced recipes.
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