Colombia has an extensive variety of fruits, and through juices, you can taste exotic combinations. Just keep reading to get to know the typical Colombian juices
For me, an article is not enough to write about the fruits that you can find in Bogotá or even Colombia, because Colombia is one of the countries with the biggest variety of vegetables and fruits in the world, which is why I believe this topic can be endless. But, when talking about Bogotá, depending on the season, the fruits and vegetables can vary. It’s not a big and extreme change, because, in the offseason, Bogotá receives them from other regions.
Because I can’t show you all the amazing and delicious juices you can find and try in Bogotá, I will give you a few of the most requested by Colombians and the ones you can make yourself at a homestay or Airbnb in Bogotá.
Dragon fruit (also known as pitahaya)
This fruit comes from the cactus family, grown in the departments of Valle del Cauca, Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, and Huila. Pitahaya comes in different colors, and in Colombia, you can find them in yellow and pink, but on the inside, it will always be white (just like the picture).
You might be wondering about the taste and let me tell you that it is very sweet; there is no need to put sugar in the blender when making the juice. But beware! This exotic fruit works really well as a laxative. You might fall for it is very watery, sweet, fresh, and perfect for this tropical country, but if you eat more than one, you will regret it.
Colombians normally eat them as is, or use them in foods like salads, so you won’t find someone selling pitahaya juice easily on the streets, but I thought it would be nice to include it on the list.
Feijoa or guayabo, not guayaba
This is one of my favorite typical Colombian juices, and to be honest, I never tried the juice before this article, so I decided to give it a go and now I am loving it! Feijoa is citrus and exotic fruit harvested from the cold departments of Boyacá, Caldas, Cundinamarca, and Antioquia. I’ve always compared the taste to the guayaba; the difference is that this one is not as sweet as the guayaba and it has a minty freshness (try it and tell me if I’m wrong) But I know I’m not too out there with this opinion because this fruit is like the cousin of the guayaba.
Besides the juices and eating them raw, Colombian people love to make jelly and ice cream with this fruit.
Quick Tip: You can find this fruit all year long!
The country of guanábanas
Just when you thought you’ve seen everything about typical Colombian juices and fruits, this giant fruit that seems like it was taken from a dinosaur movie because of its rind, which is green with thorns, appears.
I believe that its sweet flavor, the creamy texture, and all the benefits it has makes it the favorite fruit for Colombians. You can see them in many combinations for shakes, in juices, ice creams (my favorite), jelly, and more. The strange thing about this fruit is that the cultivation is very detail-oriented because it depends too much on the weather, making it a tropical fruit that can only be grown in Tolima, Valle, Santander, Cundinamarca, Huila, and Antioquia. But why is that strange? Well, when you walk around Bogotá, you will be amazed by the number of places that sell this fruit.
Tomate de árbol: an unknown fruit
Maybe it’s a little bit exaggerated to say that it’s an unknown fruit because I knew about it before, but the thing is that I didn’t know that so many types of tomate de árbol existed. There is tomate de árbol rojo, tomate de árbol naranja and tomate de árbol amarillo. The one I used for the picture is the red one (tomate de árbol rojo), which is the most common one. Regarding the taste, it is not like a tomato; it’s sweeter and just a little bit citrusy with a fibrous texture, just like strawberry juice.
I know for a fact that Colombia is the only country that produces this fruit all year long and in the regions of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Tolima, Valle del Cauca, Santander, and Huila to be specific.
Quick Tip: This fruit is highly recommended for people who are anemic because of its high level of nutrients.
Maracuyá (also known as passion fruit)
Nowadays, this fruit is known in almost every country, partially thanks to Colombia because they export generous amounts to other countries. The harvest of this citrus fruit comes from regions like Meta, Valle del Cauca, Córdoba, and a few others.
I love this fruit in juice because it’s very refreshing and the flavor gives an amazing contrast for almost every meal. But this exotic fruit is not only served in juices, but you can also find it in sauces for salads, ice creams, sorbets, and desserts like pies and mousse. You won’t be tired of this fruit in different forms and combinations.
Quick Tip: When making maracuya juice, it’s necessary to add some sugar to the blender, because it’s a very citrusy fruit.
You can find all these fruits and more at any local market around where you’re staying like a frutiver, fruver, or the famous one, “Paloquemao”, supermarkets like Carulla, Olimpica, Exito, Jumbo, and others, or even around the neighborhood, you can find people selling them (especially on Sundays). Regarding the costs, Colombian fruits and vegetables are very cheap. Just for this article, I spent around $20,000 COP ($6.60 USD) in total. But, if you like to try amazing mixes and exotic combinations, I recommend Cosechas. I love this place, not only because it’s on almost every corner, but for me, it’s like the king of the juice stores among the other ones you might find.
My top 3 of Cosechas mixes
- 1. “Limonada de Coco” (Coconut lemonade): Don’t ask me how they make it, but this combination is the glory for me, and the best part is that it’s so requested, that it’s normal to see this drink on every restaurant menu.
- 2. “Banano, Papaya y Naranja” (Banana, papaya, and orange): I love sweet flavors, but sometimes I think that too much sugar isn’t good for me, so I found this drink that has the perfect mix for me: the banana and the papaya give the perfect amount of sweetness, plus the orange leaves a bitter taste at the end.
- 3. “Fresa y Guanábana” (Strawberry and guanábana): Fibrous and creamy, citrusy and sweet, there are many contrasts between these fruits, but the juice has a perfect balance.
Plus: Don’t leave Bogotá without drinking the curuba juice with milk from “Casa Vieja.” Obviously, with the ajiaco, this combination is a must for the “Santandereanos”! Plus, this “milkshake” has a creamy texture, which for me, goes perfect with the sweetness of the fruit and for a finishing taste after lunch.
Not everything is about coffee in Colombia, so feel free to try not only the typical Colombian juices from this list but all the mixes that may call your attention while you’re staying in Bogotá, and share it with me in the comments below!