Ecuadorian fruit maracuya passion fruit (3)

Ecuadorian fruit: maracuya

Ecuadorian fruit: maracuya

If you want to experience Ecuador fully, make sure to taste some of the exotic and delicious fruits. We have created a series of blog posts highlighting some of the best options.

When you visit some of our local markets, you will discover fruit that you’ve never seen or heard of before.

Ecuadorian fruit maracuya passion fruit (3)


Today we want to share all about maracuya, an exotic fruit rich in antioxidants and a great source of fiber.

What is the difference between granadilla and maracuya?

A granadilla is native to the Andes highlands. It has pulp and seeds that are edible and are sweet and delicious.


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What is maracuya, and how is it eaten

The fruit, also called yellow passion fruit, is yellow, and it looks a bit like mango.

Outside, you will see that the skin or shell is shiny and when it is ripe, it gets wrinkles.


Ecuadorian fruit maracuya passion fruit (3)


What it tastes like

Maracuya is a variety of passion fruit, but it is a little milder and sweeter, and for some, the flavor is similar to a tart mango.




How and where to eat maracuya

Maracuya is a fruit used to prepare juice, ice cream, bavarois, and other desserts. Although you can easily open the fruit and eat the seeds with the pulp, the fruit is mainly used as an ingredient in other dishes.

You can find the fruit for sale on local markets or small fruterias (fruit shops).



Ecuadorian fruit maracuya passion fruit (3)


If you love tasting different fruit, check out the Top 7 exotic fruits to taste in Ecuador.

While researching this post, we discovered that this fruit is low in calories and naturally rich in fibers, but that it is rich in  Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Vitamin C.

Not only that, it is believed that it can enhance digestion, boost circulation and improve eyesight. 

Another interesting fact is that maracuya is native to Brazil, but it is also found in Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, and Colombia.


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Ecuadorian fruit maracuya passion fruit (3)


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Ecuadorian fruit: maracuya

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