The Naranjilla plant comes from Northwestern South America. It is called Lulo in Ecuador and Quechua in Columbia. It is a sub-tropical species that is difficult to grow on a large scale. A very popular juice drink is made all through Latin America by adding sugar and water. Locals also eat the raw or dried fruit with salt sprinkled on it. The Naranjilla plant is attractive, with large heart-shaped leaves up to 45 cm in length. The leaves and stems of the plant are covered in short purple hairs. Naranjilla are delicate plants and must be protected from strong winds and direct sunlight. They grow best in partial shade. The fruit has a citrus flavor, sometimes described as a combination of rhubarb and lime. Some say it is the tastiest fruit juices in the world.
|Other Names:||Lulo, Quechua|
|Foliage:||Spiky and thorny wear gloves|
|Fruit:||Light orange fuzzy fruit|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|USDA Zones:||10 to 11|
|Soil:||well drained soil|
I try to grow all plants organically or hydroponically whenever possible. I do not use chemical pesticides and prefer organic pest control and the use of predatory insects.