Ecuadorian fruit: ovo

Ecuadorian fruit: ovo

Whether you like eating food or tasting different fruit when you travel, we are here to help.

We recommend that you taste some of the exotic and delicious fruits in this country in the middle of the world to experience Ecuador fully.

We have created a series of blog posts highlighting some of the best food and fruit in Ecuador.



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

Ovo is an exotic fruit that you won’t be able to find everywhere. So if you can find it, make sure to taste it.


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What is ovo, and how is it eaten

The fruit is called “ovo” (Spondias purpurea L). It has a red color when ripe and looks a bit like a big grape.  

Outside, you will see that the skin or shell is shiny green, and when ripe, it turns red.



What it tastes like

Ovo has a very sour flavor when it is green, and some people like to eat it like that with salt. We prefer to eat them when they are red, and they are a mix of sour and sweet.




How and where to eat ovo

Ovo is a fruit used to prepare some sweets and desserts, although we eat it mainly directly as a fruit.

You can find the fruit for sale on local markets or small fruterias (fruit shops), but not always.

There is research looking at the production of “value-added products” made with ovo, such as jams, ice creams, and alcoholic beverages.



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 rich in Vitamin A, C, iron, and calcium.

Another interesting fact is that ovo can be found in the tropical zones of all Latin America, from Mexico to Paraguay.


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Ecuadorian fruit: ovo

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