Traveling somewhere that you have never been before is such a blessing, and tasting all of the food and fruits that you have never seen before is such a fulfilling experience that no one should ever miss on. So if you are visiting different countries in South America, then get ready to pamper your taste buds with delicious fruits that you might have near tasted before!
So, what are some amazing fruits in South America that you should try? Well, here are ten South American Fruits that you should try at least once:
- Fruit number one: Coconuts
- Fruit number two: Papaya
- Fruit number three: Lychee
- Fruit number four: Mangosteen
- Fruit number five: Guava
- Fruit number six: Uchuva
- Fruit number seven: Mango
- Fruit number eight: Gulupa/Passion Fruit
- Fruit number nine: Bananas
- Fruit number 10: Pitaya/ Dragon Fruit
If you want to learn more about which countries these fruit organ from, what do they taste like and see what they look like, then continue reading this blog post.
What are some amazing fruits of South America that you should try?
So the ten fruits that I have mentioned above include some fruits that you may already be familiar with; however, I genuinely believe that you should still try them nevertheless.
I do not know how to explain it except for it tastes more delicious than the ones that you eat in your home country. At least, that was mostly my experience with fruits that are accessible in my home country like bananas, mangos, and Guava.
Even fruits like Coconuts, Papaya, and Uchuva are available where I live; however, they are not as accessible as they are in South America.
The fruits that you are more likely to see and taste for the first time include Lychee, Mangosteen, Passion fruit, and Pattaya/ dragon fruit.
Some of these unusual fruits are considered to be exotic and tropical. Tropical fruits are basically fruits that grow in tropical places, which means the area is both humid and hot.
Now that you know which fruits you could expect to see during your trip to South America, let us dive into discovering the luscious world of South American fruits. Prepare to engage your smelling, tasting, touching, and sight senses!
Fruit number one: Coconuts
The country of origin for coconuts is Argentina, and its taxonomic name is Cocos nucifera.
The coconuts that you usually drink water from them are called Young Coconuts. Their insides usually have a jelly-like texture that is tender and mildly sweet. If you see someone selling coconuts on the streets, stop to drink one.
After you finish drinking it, ask the person selling them to open it for you so you could eat the coconut’s meat. It is not only a delicious treat but also an exciting and a new experience!
Older coconuts tend to be drier and firmer than Young Coconuts. The meat of the older coconuts is usually best eaten the way it is.
Fruit number two: Papaya
The country of origin for Papaya is Mexico, and its taxonomic name is Carica papaya.
I kind of have a love/ hate relationship with Papaya. Sometimes, this tender and sweet fruits taste so divine, while other times, I can not even fathom its taste and smell!
Although a Papaya’s smell is a bit intimidating, and it is often a hit or miss for me, many people enjoy its tender texture and sweet taste. Even if you feel a bit appalled by its smell, I think you should try at least once or twice.
If I can compare Papaya’s with one fruit, then I think I would compare its insides to that of melon in terms of texture. However, Papayas are not as sweet as melons are.
Fruit number three: Lychee
The country of origin for Lychee is China; however, it is also grown and produced in Brazil. Its taxonomic name is Litchi chinensis.
Lychee is a very sweet and delicious fruit. Its taste is similar to that of a grape. One significant difference between Lychee and Grapes is their exterior. With grapes, you can munch on the write away.
However, with Lychee, you have to peal its exterior before you eat it and avoid swallowing right away because it is more of a seed with a bit of fruit meant rather than a small seed inside the fruit.
Fruit number four: Mangosteen
The country of origin for Mangosteen is Indonesia, and its taxonomic name is Garcinia mangostana.
Mangosteen is one of my favorite tropical fruits ever! The texture of its shell kind of unbreakable by hand, but you can bite it off.
The texture of shell is going to feel a bit weird, but once you peel it off, you are going to enjoy what I consider to be one of smoothest and sweetest fruit meat ever! You will find the edible part of the fruit arranged similarly to cloves.
It is expensive, but its tangy yet sweet taste and its delicious aroma is one hundred percent worth the money that you are going to spend.
Fruit number five: Guava
Guava is native to Mexico, northern South America, the Caribbean, and Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Its taxonomic name is Psidium guajava.
Depending on where you live, the Guava that you have access to in your hometown may slightly differ in taste and shape compared to the ones available in South America.
Guavas might be white in color, but they could also be green from the outside and slightly pink on the inside. The taste of different types of Guavas doesn’t differ that much, but the texture does.
Fruit number six: Uchuva
The country of origin for Uchuva is Peru, and its taxonomic name is Physalis peruviana.
Uchuva is a type of berries that has a scary taste and looks similar to cherry tomatoes, except for it is yellow in color. Uchuva berry is covered view a couple of husks that look like the leaves in fall.
When the husk is dry, this means that the Uchuva is ripe and ready to be eaten.
Fruit number seven: Mango
The country of origin for Mango is India, and its taxonomic name is Mangifera indica.
I don’t think that this sweet and delicious fruit need much introduction because it is one of those fruits that the majority of people enjoy eating or drinking.
There are different types of mango, and each has a different skin color. Mangos’ skin colors are like that of a streetlight. Some are red, some are yellow, and others are green.
Fruit number eight: Gulupa/ Passion Fruit
The country of origin for Passion fruit is Ecuador and Brazil. Its taxonomic name is Passiflora edulis.
This fruit is so unique because it is floral, sweet, and sour! The edible of the passion fruit is kind of jelly-like and is full of edible seeds. It is the perfect fruit to add your morning smoothie.
Fruit number nine: Bananas
The country of origin for Bananas is Papua New Guinea and its taxonomic name is Musa acuminata.
Like mangos, bananas are considered to be a staple fruit in most countries. However, you might find slight different varieties of this fruit. Have you ever tasted a red banana? Well, you should because they are very sweet and delicious!
In general, all of the types of bananas taste very similarly. Some are thicker than others, while others tend to vary in length.
Fruit number 10: Pitaya/ Dragon Fruit
The country of origin for Pitaya/ Dragon Fruit is Mexico, and its taxonomic name is Pitaya stenocereus.
Pitaya comes in two different varieties. The one that you see many people taking fancy pictures with is the one that is dark pink on the outside, and white with black seeds on the inside.
Its taste is not that strong. In fact, it almost doesn’t have any particular taste. However, Dragon Fruit slightly tastes like Kiwi.
The other type of dragon fruit is yellow on the outside and white with black seeds on the inside. And yes, the seeds are edible.
Other questions related to what are some fruits of South America that I should try
What is considered to be an exotic fruit?
Exotic fruits can be defines as fruits that are cultivated in other countries; aka, they are not native fruits. They are of course available at there origin place. Some of the exotic fruits are actually tropical fruits.
Tropical fruits grow in tropical areas that are defined as places that are humid and hot.
What are some South American Vegetables?
Some South American vegetables include the Chayote Squash ( which is considered to be a mango squash), Jícama ( which is considered to be a Mexican or a Chinese potato, and Boniato ( which is a tropical sweet potato).
What South American dishes that I should try?
You should definitely try the Ceviche dish and the Dulce de Leche dessert. You should give the Cevichedish a go if like seafood. You will be served some fresh fish with chili and zesty lime juice. Ceviche is a cold dish, where the acidity of the lime juice’s marinade is what actually cooks the fish.
What are the major spoken languages in South America?
The two official languages that are spoken in South America are the Spanish language and the Portuguese language. Popular languages that are spoken in South America also include the Dutch language, the English language, and the French language.
That’s it for today’s post. You should now have a list of some of the delicious and exotic fruits to try when you go to South America. If you have any questions regarding these amazing and unusal fruits that you should try in South America, then feel free to leave them in the comments section down below.
If you are from South America or you have been there before, then let us know which South American fruit, vegetable, and dish are your favorites in the comments section as well!