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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Aguaje

Aguaje

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Moriche palm trees are native to the tropical Amazon regions of Peru. The palm fruits, which are called Aguaje in Peru, have a reddish-purple-brown tough skin with a texture similar to a pineapple. Beneath the skin is a thin layer of a firm, yellowish-orange pulp which covers a large seed.
Capulin

Capulin

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Capulin is a cherry species. Native to Central America, Capulin has been cultivated since ancient times and is extensively naturalized over much of western South America. In Peru, Capulin is mostly grown in subtropical and subtemperate areas and in the Andes.
Cocona

Cocona

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Cocona is a tropical citrus fruit native to the Peruvian Amazon region. It is considered being the "Amazon Tomato" often prepared with aji and mixed with salads.
Tuna

Tuna

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
The Tuna also known as cactus fruit or prickly pear is cultivated in Peru since ancient times. Images of the fruit can be found on textiles of cultures like the Wari, Chimu and Incas.
Noni

Noni

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Noni, commonly known as Indian Mulberry or Beach Mulberry isn't originally native to Peru, but finds its use often in dietary supplements. The fruit is more or less the same size as a potato. It has a yellow to white color. Nonis taste very bitter and smell awful. Anyhow, the fruit is famous for its health benefits and used in juices, teas and n...
Tomate

Tomate

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
The tomato is native to South America and found its way to Mexico around 2000 years ago. After the Spanish colonization of the Americas, the tomato was distributed around the world. Taking genetic evidence into consideration in the Peruvian highlands direct ancestors of today's tomato, a small green fruit, were harvested and consumed already in ...
Aceitunas

Aceitunas

Peruvian Fruits and Plants
Olives are native to the coastal areas of the Mediterranean. Brought to Peru by the Spanish conquerors 500 years ago, today Olives are an important ingredient in the Peruvian cuisine.
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