Well, this will be the last South American fruit entry, unfortunately. We’ve seen (and tasted!) a lot and it’s been a wonderful time. Colombia still held new fruits for us, surprisingly, and some were really different!
First up was the feijoa. Apparently very healthy with tonnes of Vitamin C, this crunchy fruit was a little tart and kind of tasted like a tart, hard cucumber. I enjoyed it more than Christine (that tart/sour thing again), though I don’t know if I’d eat it regularly.
Next up was the mamey, which was quite sweet. A little mealy, it was like a very sweet sweet potato. We only tried it once, as neither of us was terribly into it.
Mamoncillos, on the other hand, were one of my favourites. These little marble-sized fruits were a thin, sweet membrane of fruit (rather like lychees) covering a large seed and boy were they tasty. Christine likens the taste to stringy, sweet clouds – very soft. Great for sucking on while laying out at the beach reading a book. I ate bags and bags of these.
Asaí berries could be bought at markets, so we bought them. They are not, however, meant to be eaten straight – we encountered a few fruits like this. Typically, these fruits are used in juices (like the noñi) or are boiled and frozen (this is how the asaí berries are typically eaten. The berries themselves have a leathery covering and are REALLY sour. You know how cartoon characters pucker when they eat lemons? You do that for real when you eat these. The frozen juice treats made from them are delicious, however, having just a touch of sugar and a lot of water added.
Lastly, the insidious plum label reared its head again, this time in Cartagena. I have no idea what they are in reality, but the guy we bought them from would only call them plums. They are very juicy, quite sweet, and really quite tasty. I didn’t see anything made from them, so I assume that they are eaten only as fruit (at least, that’s the most conventional way of eating them). We enjoyed the bag that we bought, ripe as the plums were.
And that brings our fruit discoveries here to an end. 29 brand new fruits by the end, I believe, and many more that we had only tried once or twice before. I’ll be sad to leave many of them behind, but you can’t have everything! Thanks, South America, for your delicious fruit!