In Peru, you’ll find many types of fruits… with its very diverse geography, the Peru has fruits on the coast, others in the tropical forest in the mountain and again deifferent ones in the Amazone rainforest.
On the markets, as a European, you’ll find as many fruits you know as fruits you have never heard about… Here is a little guide to identify the main fruits you can find in Peru:
These fruits are very common and can be found on nearly all markets in the mountain and on the coast.
People make juice out of Granadilla, ice creams and toppings for cheesecakes. The taste is different from the passion fruit found in Europe.
Membrillo – Quince – Coing (Fr)
It is used in recipes of mazamora, where is a cooked for a long time over low heat. It give a nice taste to the thickeness texture where it has macerated. It is cooked in a similar way in Europe for quince maremalade or “gelée de coing”. In any cases, it can’t be eaten raw.
Maracuya – another variety of passion fruit
The use made out of Maracuya is basically the same as granadilla. If the outlook is not dark as in Europe and definitely larger than what we are used to, it is very juicy and tasteful.
It is used for making juices or just eaten directly as a dessert.
Pepino – Sweet cucumber – Poire-melon (Fr)
The pepino can be defined by a mix of the English and French name: it has the shape of a cucumber (certain variety, unlike the picture) and it truly has a taste of melon. It is very fresh and juicy which makes it perfect to eat directly. Native from the Andes, it was already used by the Pre-incas civilization Mochica. Several ceramics from 1st to 6th century have a shape of pepino.
Lucuma – no translation
Lucuma is native from Peru and it is the emblem fruit of the country. Most peruvian will love desserts based on Lucuma: ice cream, milk shake, tarts, cakes, … its texture goes very well with milk so it is nearly always combined with milk which makes it creamy. It can also be eaten raw.
Which other fruit would you like to learn about?