Ecuadorian fruit: taxo
Ecuador is a country known for its mega diversity. Due to its location in the middle of the world, Ecuador boasts a wide variety of tropical fruits, most of which can be found year-round.
It is really a blessing to be able to eat different tasty fruits all through the year, and it is definitely something we know travelers enjoy a lot in Ecuador!
This is why we have decided to write a post solely about taxo (apparently a.ka. Banana passion fruit), one of the many Ecuadorian exotic fruits.
Where do they grow?
The fruit grows on vines that are harvested between 1800 y 3500 m.a.s.l. over a period of eight to ten years.
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What is taxo, and how is it eaten
Taxo is a small long fruit, sometimes compared to a small banana but straight.
The skin is yellow to orange when ripe, and the inside has many seeds covered with orange pulp.
Unlike most Ecuadorian fruits, taxo is not eaten fresh. While the skin is discarded, the pulp is used to make ice cream, desserts, or juice.
What it tastes like
Taxo has a tart, tangy taste and is not usually eaten fresh, it tastes nice or best on juice, but it sometimes leaves your tongue feeling dry.
How and where to eat taxo
If you are in the highlands of Ecuador, you can find taxo on local markets or small fruterias (fruit shops). Sometimes you may find taxos in a supermarket.
Another option is to find restaurants selling taxo juice, smoothie, ice cream, and in some cases, you can also find taxo mousse or other desserts made with this exotic fruit.
While researching this post, we found out that taxo is packed in Vitamins, including A, B, C, calcium, and iron.
We also found out that this plant also grows in Colombia, Bolivia, Perú and Venezuela.
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