Typical Peruvian Fruits and Plants

Thanks to Peru's three major climate zones, coast, highlands and jungle, a great variety of fruits can be found in the country. Some are native to Peru, exotic or rarely known abroad others we can see in every (super) market around the world. While you can buy bananas, apples, pears, grapes, passion fruits, papayas and many more common fruits on the Peruvian markets as well, have a look for some unique fruits coming originally from Peru or being important ingredients in the local cuisine.

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Aguaymanto

Aguaymanto

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Aguaymanto (physalis peruviana) is a plant and its fruits native to the Peruvian Andes. The incredible berries with many names - locally they are also known as uchuva, uvilla or ushun, abroad as cape gooseberry, golden berry, Peruvian cherry or even Inca Berry and Pichuberry (referring to the Incas and Machu Picchu to associate it with Peru) are...
Cushuro – The caviar of the Andes

Cushuro – The caviar of the Andes

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Cushuro (nostoc sphaericum), also known as cusuro, murmuntu(a), llullucha, macha-macha, rachapa or simpler egg of the rivers, is a blue-green alga that is traditionally used as a food source in the Andes of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, as a natural medicine and organic fertilizer for centuries. Because of its recently discovered high amounts of bene...
Camu Camu

Camu Camu

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Camu Camu, also known as cacari, camocamo or myrciaria dubia, is native to the Peruvian lowland jungle and grows on bushy trees along riverbanks and in flooded areas of the Amazon rainforest. Its extraordinary high Vitamin C content in combination with other for our body beneficial nutrients makes Camu Camu another Peruvian superfood.
Lucuma

Lucuma

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Lucuma is undoubtly the most popular fruit in Peru. The native subtropical fruit, which some even name "The last gold of the Incas” and consider it as the “national fruit”, is grown in the Peruvian Andes since ancient times.
Limon Peruano

Limon Peruano

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
The Peruvian lime is only around 3 to 4 cm, has a yellow to dark green skin and a light green inside. The key lime might be the closest lime variety to the Limon Peruano.
Chirimoya

Chirimoya

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Chirimoya or Cherimoya, in English also known as Custard Apples, are native to the Andean highlands of Peru. The Chirimoya looks like no other fruit; it is heart-shaped with rough-textured but thin skin which varies from a yellow-green to a dark green.
Pitahaya

Pitahaya

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
The Pitahaya, also known as Dragon Fruit, pitaya, pitajon, yaurero and warakko, is native to Mexico, Central America and some Southern American countries like Peru. Pitahaya is the fruit of a cactus and comes in three colors: yellow with white flesh, pink with pink flesh and pink with white flesh.
Pepino (dulce)

Pepino (dulce)

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
The pepino or pepino dulce is native to the temperate Andean regions of Peru. The plant is not known in the wild, and its origins are unclear. Pepinos come in different sizes and shapes, from small to large, round or oval.
Guayaba

Guayaba

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Guayabas, better known as guavas, originated in Mexico, but already in ancient times these fruits were cultivated in Central and South America. They found remains of the actual fruit and seeds during archaeological excavations in Peru, revealing that Guavas were part of the diet and natural medicine of Pre-Incan cultures.
Tumbo

Tumbo

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Tumbo is part of the passion fruit family. In English it's called banana passionfruit because its size and shape resembles a small thick banana. The orange, passionfruit-like cluster of black seeds and pulp is enclosed by a firm yellow skin.
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