Equator Gringos

August 10, 2007

The Fruit in Ecuador

Filed under: Ecuador, exotic fruit, South America, tropical fruit — lstollin @ 6:41 pm

The fruit here is incredible, ranging from everyday tropical stuff like normal bananas and mangos, quotidian temperate options such as strawberries, blackberries, and apples, to things you’ve heard of but don’t usually eat like passionfruit and then beyond that, to things I’ve never heard of much less seen or tasted before. Everything in the picture below is at the supermarket – no need to go to the fruit stand or specialty markets.

Now it’s time for your quiz:

In this picture, can you spot the banana, apples, oranges, and mango? Cantaloupe? Good! How about the tuna ( ly pear fruit – Texans should recognize this one)? Still going strong? Now we’re gonna get exotic on you – purple banana. OK, that was way too easy — how about Sweet cucumber (hint – in plastic)? Tree tomato (hint – there are 3 in picture)? Chirimoya (custard apple, if that helps!)? Here come some whose names I can’t find in English. Babaco (2 in picture, not yet ripe), granadilla (just one), uvilla (many many many). Finally, the bumpy yellow one front and center in the big bowl has a name I can’t remember (Update: it’s called Pitahaya, related to Asia’s red dragon-fruit, and grows on a vining cactus!). All of these we’ve tried so far have been keepers except the sweet cucumber, which was nothing to blog home about.



  1. What a beautiful place to live! I’m sure you’ll enjoy local fruits and vegetables. And it sounds like you’re going to get busy and work hard!
    My goal is to visit sometime while you’re there, to find birds and to hike some.

    I have a wonderful garden and have been canning tomatoes and freezing broccoli, in small amounts, but my freezer is starting to look like I’ll have a lot to eat when winter arrives. I have bookmarked your blog and will be in touch from time to time.

    Wishing you and Joy a great experience!

    Comment by Carol Doty — August 12, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

  2. The little ones are uvillas, with an U. The Pepino you must have gotten it green or out of season, because when you get a real good one you will love it!! How about Taxo? It’s great on shakes and ice cream!

    Comment by Ximena — October 13, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

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