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Naranjilla

Solanum quitoense

Bright orange fruit about the size of a large cherry tomato. Fruits are covered with numerous fuzzy hairs that rub off when ripe. Pulp is green, acid, and of excellent flavor.

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Description

Medium sized shrub or small tree to 6-10ft. The plant contains many large thorns growing out from stems, branches, and leaves. Leaf veins are generally a deep purple color.

Hardiness

The naranjilla is subtropical and enjoys slightly cooler than tropical temperatures. It seems to be hardy to at least 32F.

Growing Environment

Naranjilla's like frequent watering and can stand brief temperature drops below freezing. It is easily container grown, and is often done so in areas with nematode problems as it is susceptible to root nematodes. The naranjilla is thought to be a short day plant, and may only set fruit when there are 8-10 daylight hours.

Propagation

By seeds and by root cuttings.

Uses

Eaten fresh, but most commonly used to make drinks. Is also used in preserves and desserts.

Native Range

Native to the Andes Mountains, at elevations between 3000-7000ft.

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