Lulo tastes a little like gooseberry or kiwi with a floral aroma and notes of Seville orange on the finish. It is a little tart, and reminiscent of citrus or passion fruit – but not the same! It’s complex flavour makes it a versatile mixer.
Lulo may replace lemon and lime; give depth to orange, apricot or peach; complement herbal and botanical liqueurs; or 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.
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.
Lulo contains Vitamins A and C, and is notable for its niacin (Vitamin B3) content.