Naranjilla Fruit Plant (Solanum quitoense)
Botanical Name: Solanum quitoense
Common Names: Quito Orange, Peach Tomato, Naranjilla
Tropical perennial plant native to northwestern South America, Highly esteemed fruit crop in Andean South America
Can grow 1 - 3 meters tall, Raw fruits are sweetened to make a delicious juice. Fruits are covered in stinging hairs, which are easily removed. Mainly used in sauces and preserves, Tart yet sweet flavor, very juicy and refreshing
Fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, Mainly used in sauces and preserves, Tart yet sweet flavor, very refreshing, Juice is rich in protein and minerals, and used in effervescent drinks.
Hairs on the skin of the fruit are removed before consumption. Fruit is up to 5cm in diameter, produced in clusters of 3 - 4.
Fruit is used to make a beverage that can treat angina
Flowers are used in the treatment of diarrhea
Extract of the fruit is used in commercial cosmetic preparations as a hair and skin conditioner, Fruit is used as a hair shampoo.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 1 Year
Maintenance Required: Moderate