What is Lulo…?
Lulo tastes like gooseberry or kiwi with a floral aroma and notes of Seville orange on the finish. In Ecuador, lulo is known as Naranjilla, little orange. It is reminiscent of citrus or passion fruit – but not the same!
Lulo is tart like lemon and lime; can give depth to orange, apricot or peach; can complement herbal and botanical liqueurs; or it can act as a sour to balance sweet liqueurs. In summer the floral aroma charms with sparkling mixers, while in winter nuts and spices add depth and richness. Its complex flavour makes it a very versatile mixer.
Lulo is one of the most popular fruits in Colombia and Ecuador, yet due to the complexity of processing the fruit, it is hardly known outside the region.
Lulo (Solanum quitoense) grows on a bush in the Andes. It looks like a giant kiwi on the outside, but ripens to orange. Its name comes from ruru, the Quechua for fruit (or egg). In Ecuador it is known as Naranjilla (little orange). Inside it looks like a green tomato, to which is it related. Its little cousins is uchuva (physalis).
Lulo contains Vitamins A and C, and is notable for its niacin (Vitamin B3) content.