Botanical Name: Solanum quitoense
This small orange fruit can be used to make a delicious juice considered a delicacy in South America. This small spreading herbaceous shrub is very attractive with large leaves that have a purple velvet effect. Although some plants can have thorns on the leaves and stems. The small orange fruit have a translucent yellow / green flesh with a delicious, juicy, slightly acid, pineapple / lemon cross flavour. The plant does best in a rich, organic soil will also grows well on poor, stony ground, and on scarified limestone as long as it has good drainage. It appreciates semi-shade and wind protection, but will tolerate full sun. Watering is essential in dry periods. To enjoy the ripe fruits, simply wipe the fruits free of the small hairs and eat fresh out of the hand by cutting in half and squeezing the contents of each half into the mouth. The empty shells are discarded. The flesh, complete with seeds, may be and added to ice cream, made into a tangy sauce or even in baked desserts. The juice is very popular in parts of Chile and Ecuador.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
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Suitability in Pots
May, June, July, August, September, October
Customer Comments on Naranjilla
I would like to make an ice cream with naranjilla | Jessica - Nyc, NY 17-Nov-2007
If you keep naranjilla juice for too long it will turn dark brown. It is also the most delicious juice ever | Ivan Chavez - Narara, Sydney, NSW 21-Mar-2008
It seems to set fruit really well in autumn, but has a heat related depression of fruit set in summer here. Web info re frost is contradictory, i will test it out. They are very nutrient and water hungry o/wise do well in large pots.Use liquid feeds often | Reville - Tabulam , NSW 08-Jul-2008
This is the most amazing fruit i have ever had. i am currently living in costa rica and my host family makes naranjilla juice for me and it is unlike any juice i have ever had in the states. simply delicious. i wonder what nutritional value it has as well | Nick - Ks, KANSA 24-Nov-2008
I planted one of these last year, It grew rapidly over the summer, but it has been savaged by the winter here in the Illawarra. I'm not sure it will survive. | Simon - Dapto, NSW 30-Nov-2010
Mine was growing really well in Sydney but got smashed in the heat. not sure whether to try again. Any thoughts? | Andrew - Sydney, NSW 31-Mar-2011
Growing Naranjilla in Sydney Lower North Shore, grows like a weed and sets fruit abundantly truly delicious and did not miss a beat despite wilting on our recent 46 Deg C Days | Nick Nelson - Willoughby, NSW 05-Mar-2013
Years ago in the 80s I found some seeds to grow Narajillas. Since I was not confident to grow them, I asked a local nursery with a special set-up to try them for me – they had no success. So this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase plants from Dayleys……hey? | Janet Vargas - Golden Grove, SA 09-Aug-2015
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