Ecuadorian fruit: granadilla
Due to its location, with dramatic changes in altitude and diverse regions, Ecuador boasts a wide variety of tropical fruits, most of which can be found year-round.
We decided to write a post solely about granadilla, a tasty and juicy exotic fruit in Ecuador.
My parents have a couple of granadilla trees in their Quinta, as you will see in the pictures below, so we enjoy harvesting them and eating them on a sunny day. We found out that they have a different or sweeter variety to granadilla, which is why you will see that the flesh is a bit darker than the average granadilla.
Where do they grow?
The fruit grows on trees or vines, which can grow up to 6m high.
You may also be wondering whether passion fruit and granadilla are the same. The fact is that Granadilla and passion fruit are closely related but are different.
What is granadilla, and how is it eaten
Like many other Ecuadorian fruits, Granadilla is a tasty fruit that you can just eat on its own.
Once you crack open the fruit, you can slurp out the inside, a transparent orange color covering small seeds.
Granadilla can also be cooked, blended, and sweetened to make a refreshing juice.
What it tastes like
Once you open the fruit, you find this transparent flesh around the very juicy and sweet seeds, with a satisfying crunch.
(Some people prefer to swallow the seeds and not bite them)
How and where to eat granadilla
If you are in a big city, you can explore the local markets to most likely find granadillas. Otherwise, you can find it in the supermarket sometimes.
If you are lucky enough to find a granadilla tree, you will see that they are green in the tree and that once they are ripe, they will turn yellow or orange. (most often orange)
While researching this post, we found out that granadilla is packed with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.
We also found out that the Hawaiian equivalent to granadilla is: lilikoi
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