5 JUICES OF COLOMBIA
5 JUICES A TOURIST HAS TO DRINK IN COLOMBIA:
Colombia is a country full of fruits where you can find such a wide variety that I can assure, you have never seen as many, in any supermarket or produce fair where you have been in your life.
It´s because the biodiversity of my country that makes this land so rich in all kinds of fruits; from the ones that grow in the tropics to those in the Andes mountains or those that are grown in the jungles.
That is the main reason why this list has been so difficult to make.
There are so many delicious fruits to make wonderful juices that this list is totally unfair. But I had the tough mission, to select 5 fruit juices of Colombia to be tasted at your visit to Colombia.
Here they are:
The LULO is native of the northern part of South-America. It tastes so good, that in Colombia when men see a beautiful women scream out loud that she is like a LULO.
The botanical name is Solanum Quitoense, and in Ecuador is known as naranjilla (small orange).The name LULO comes from the native language of the Incas, the Quechua.
Is an acid fruit that grows in small trees in the Andes Mountains at an altitude between 1100 a 2200 meters (3.600 to 7.200 ft.) above sea level.
In Colombia you can be delighted with Lulo juice almost everywhere you go.
But is in Cali, where this natural drink transcends to another dimension and it’s transformed into Lulada, a sweet and refreshing way of making a tribute to this marvelous fruit.
The Lulada is made with mashed frozen lulo, lime, water, sugar and ice. There are some that are added with condensed milk as a topping. It is very refreshing and it makes body temperature go down in the always hot Cali, making the energy go up with its freshness.
The CURUBA is another native fruit from the Andes and is also known in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, but is in Colombia where is much more appreciated and usually consumed.
The CURUBA juice can be made in water or milk, or as my Mother used to make it, half and half, water and milk.
It is really delicious and is a perfect drink to have with Colombian typical dishes like the Sancocho or the Ajiaco.
The fruit also is very good as the main ingredient to prepare soft desserts.
You can find Jugo de Curuba at fruterías, markets and restaurants.
The GUANABANA (Soursoup) is one of the fruits that I miss the most when I am outside of Colombia.
I like to see it exposed in the markets, or just pass by those who sell it in the streets and be surprised of how huge they can get to be.
And even though they are giant, their flavor is very intense.
This fruit is native from tropical America and is known as Anon in other Latin countries.
The guanabana juice is a tradition in my country. In every region is prepared and you can ask for it at fruterías, houses, street corners or at restaurants. The flavor between acid and fresh with the perfect balance of the sugar or honey makes this juice one of the must have drinks in your visit to Colombia.
You can also can taste the fruit in desserts and culinary sauces because of its versatility.
Additionally, the fruit has another attributes, as is a proven prevention natural medicine for some types of cancer.
The GUAYABA is part of the diet of Colombian families. Moms love this fruit for many reasons.
One of them is because Guayaba is very cheap.
It also has very high percentage of vitamin C by the gram, it has almost 4 times more than the orange, reason why, it’s the first barrier against flu, “unofficially certified” by multiple generations of mothers in Colombia.
It is easy to prepare and blends perfectly in milk or water, and it is absolutely delicious.
If you want to eat the fruit you can, do it as you bite an apple.
There are also many sweet treat derived from the fruit, like the bocadillo or the guayaba sauces that make a perfect mate for diverse gastronomic recipes.
The guayaba juice can be found at fruterías and budget restaurants.
One day I received a tourist at the Bogotá El Dorado airport, as soon as he went out thru the door from customs, he asked me to take him to a place where he could have some mora juice. I took him to a cafeteria where I knew they had it on the regular menu.
When he tasted it he was in ecstasy, he sipped the purple colored sweet drink as if he was having a dream.
When I asked him about this obsession to have some jugo de mora, he told me that he loved the television soap opera, “Betty, La Fea”, which was the most successful Colombian telenovela of all times around the world. He told me that the main character, Betty, always asked for jugo de mora as a drink, wherever she was.
The mora is from the same family of the berries. There are more than 300 varieties all around the planet, but the Mora de Castilla or Mora Andina is the one that grows in Colombia since prehispanic times.
This juice is so delicious that deserves to be tasted. The flavor is strong as its color and the aroma is exquisite. The fruit is used additionally in desserts and as a sauce for a variety of recipes.
It can be found at many parts like fruterías, restaurants, cafeterias and supermarkets.
· BONUS: LIMONADA DE COCO:
This is a recent addition to the natural drinks offer in Colombia.
The limonada de coco, is, as it sounds, a coconut lemonade.
This means that is a very cold marriage that gets consumed between the lime and the coconut water, with pieces of coconut dancing on it. Is a marvelous and refreshing invention that will give you another idea of what a lemonade should be?
This coconut lemonade should be find at fruterías and restaurants.
P.S. To have only 5 juices is totally unfair.
In my country, people can have juices of different fruits, every day of the month during the whole year.
So you now know, when you come to Colombia you can taste many fruits, some of which you will only see here.
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