June 18th, 2013
Welcome to day one of voting in the REAL Sweet Sixteen Exotic Fruit Tourney! The first four fruits vying for your votes represent the “Playing Hard to Get” category. These fruits take longer to grow but are definitely worth the wait. Because they can take months to grow and ripen they’re not always available in the market, making them some of the most expensive fruits you can buy. But we think you’ll agree that they’re worth every peso!
Below are descriptions of each fruit; the winner of this category will go on to compete against the three winners of the other categories. Vote for your favorite, give us your reasons in the comments, and keep the conversation going on facebook and twitter. May the best fruit win!
Growing mostly in Southeast Asia, the mangostino (or mangosteen as they are called elsewhere) is a relatively new addition to Colombia’s extensive fruit arsenal, and many Colombians have yet to try what is called the “Queen of Fruit.” What’s with the name? Well, legend has it that Queen Victoria offered a reward of 100 pounds sterling to anyone who could bring her Mangostinos. The queen wasn’t the only fan; New York Times journalist and gourmand RW Apple Jr. was quoted as saying “”No other fruit, for me, is so thrillingly, intoxicatingly luscious…I’d rather eat one than a hot fudge sundae…”
You may know this mildly sweet cactus fruit by its other name, Dragon Fruit, or you may have seen its pink cousin in Southeast Asia. Yellow and spiny on the outside, and clear with black seeds on the inside, many people remark on texture’s similarity to kiwi. Like kiwi, Pitahaya is rich in Vitamin C as well as calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s. It’s also rich in natural fiber, making it a great digestive aid. So don’t eat too much, no matter how much you love the flavor!
This peculiar fruit (technically a legume) is native to the Amazon region of South America, and grows in pods that can reach the length of an arm. The fruit itself is a little over an inch long and resembles a cotton ball but is surprisingly moist. The odd texture is accompanied by a mildly sweet flavor some have likened to vanilla ice cream. A little bonus: the large seed can be used as prosthetic finger nails!
This green, egg-sized fruit has only recently come onto the Colombian scene in the last 25 years, but has become quite popular in that time. Because of its resemblance to the guava, many people have inaccurately called it a type of guava (myself included). When ripe, the pulp turns from white to translucent and the flavor has been described as a mix between pineapple and guava or pineapple and strawberry, with hints of winter green or spearmint, truly a combination that must be tasted to be believed.
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June 17th, 2013
As anyone who has visited Colombia will tell you, there are countless fruits and juices to be found in this fertile country. Medellin has the great fortune of having an especially large variety because of its proximity to warm and cold climates. With so many delicious fruits, which one reigns supreme? It’s time to find out with our very own Sweet Sixteen bracket!
We have taken 16 of Colombia’s most popular fruits and divided them into 4 categories: Playing Hard to Get, Passionate for Passion Fruit, Tart and Tiny, and the Wild Cards. Vote for your favorite fruit in each category and the winner of each bracket will go on to compete against each other in the Final Four next week. 16 fruits will enter, only one will emerge victorious!
Here are the contestants:
These four fruits take longer to grow but are definitely worth the wait. Because they can take months to grow and ripen they’re not always available at the market, making them some of the most expensive fruits you can buy. But we think you’ll agree that they’re worth every peso!
Similar to the seed structure of a pomegranate, these four fruits are all in the passion fruit family. However, their outward appearances are very different, as are the flavors on the inside, which range from tangy, to sweet, to savory.
Sometimes the biggest flavors come in the smallest packages, and that is certainly the case with these four fun-sized contestants. Although small in stature, these four fruits pack a bigger punch than most of their larger competitors, and they’re great for snacks to boot!
Our contest wouldn’t be complete without some of these Colombian standards on the list. They may not have anything in common except that they’re all delicious and they taste best right here in Colombia!
Voting begins officially begins tomorrow, but feel free to post your favorite fruits from each category in the comment section below. What’s that you say? You aren’t familiar with these exotic fruits? Well that’s an easy fix: simply come visit us at our Bed and Breakfast in Medellin and join us for our Exotic Fruit Tasting Tour! In the mean time, every day this week we’ll give you more information on each of the fruits and their flavors, so stay tuned!
October 3rd, 2011
While cruising the streets of Medellin we see plenty of signs that make us laugh; whether they are funny by accident or by design, the result is always the same. Here are a few of the best that we’ve seen:
September 26th, 2011
Thanks to Medellin’s tropical climate, we are constantly seeing bizarre tropical flowers that look as if they came from some fantasy world. Most of them can be found in the city’s fabulous Botanical Gardens. Here are some of our favorites; our apologies in advance for not knowing what any of them are called!
September 19th, 2011
Colombia is home to a great variety of exotic fruits that we had never seen before. One of our favorite tours to give is the fruit tasting tour because it’s so much fun to see our guests reactions to the various foreign fruits. The following photos are of some of the fruit all-stars.