Tag: fruit

Chayote – Healthy or Will it Mummify You?

September 2016 By Michael For years I passed by the green wrinkled and furrowed looking plant at our local fruit and vegetable market. That is not unusual as there are many plants in Colombia I am still trying to learn. The sign in front of this particular one said, guatila. It was only because of […]

Mangostino is Another of Colombia’s Over 150 Fruits

Twice a year the mangostino shows up in Bogotá. While some stores carry the hard skinned purple fruit we see more of it being sold by vendors on the street. Like many other of Colombia’s produce it has medicinal properties. The mangostino acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. In addition it is good for blood […]

The Life of a Colombian Curuba is from Flower to Healthy Drink

Curuba flower and stamen

Colombia is home to the largest variety of curuba. Also know as the banana passion fruit it is loaded with antioxidants especially proanthocyanidins and catechin. It contains vitamin A and vitamin C as well as high amounts of phosphorous, niacin, calcium and iron. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Bogotá area they found the […]

Guama is a fruit masquerading as a bean

Michael: Objects resembling dried out pea pods pyramided on a street vendor’s cart. The man seemed to have a brisk business as people lined up to purchase these foot long food items. Finally I turned to my wife and asked, “What is he selling?” Graciela: Colombia has over 150 different fruits. I give my husband […]