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NARANJILLA

naranjilla fruit compliments of rare exotic seedsBotanical Name: Solanum quitoense
Description

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.

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Indoor Plant (#IndoorPlant)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

2-5m

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)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

WA

Suitability in Pots

Yes

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months

May, June, July, August, September, October

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I would like to make an ice cream with naranjilla | Jessica - Nyc, NY 17-Nov-2007

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Diana's Edible Fruits
Update: 2092 days 17hrs

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Vigorous plant, prone to falling over but stems grow along the ground then. Fruit take months and months to ripen. I have got rid of this now, as the hairs and spines on the plant are so noxious (they irritate your skin and make you cough- the fruit are not worth this).

Fruiting Months October and November

Planted: 2009

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Firefly's Edible Fruits
Update: 2968 days 8hrs

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In the process of dying from what looks like vascular rot. Struck four cuttings from plant before signs were severe. 3 doing OK, 1 showing signs of same disease. Plant flowered well for years, fruit never set.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Naranjilla 8/10

Xhristofer's Edible Fruits
Update: 2280 days 13hrs

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Interesting and beautiful plant. Watch those prickles! Seems to be a spreading variety and it sends runners off in every direction. Only growns about 1.5M tall and then spreads out. Seems to fruit all year round. Fruit is golf ball size or slightly larger on mine. Orange furry skin with bright green flesh amidst a multitude of tiny edible seeds. The flesh/seeds can be sucked out through that skin once wiped thoroughly to remove hairs.

A little tarty straight from the tree. But add vanilla icecream and it tastes surprisingly like good strawberries. Simply delicious eaten this way!

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Fruit is not botherd by any pest here. Grass hoppers like to nibble the leaves a little.


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Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2576 days 4hrs

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Another new plant bought Aug 2010. I love this one for the purple foliage, although somewhat prickly. Though I have no idea what it tastes like at least the possum won't be getting stuck into this bush!

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: blood n bone


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Loves Fruit Trees says... [772 days 15hrs ago]
That's very funny! They like my elderly friend's Fejoas. The tree has many so they leave some for her. They share them together.

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Naranjilla (Seedling) 10/10

Sean1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2066 days 16hrs

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Bought this in August 2011in a 140mm pot , it was about 200mm high. Now (early Nov2011) it is about 900mm high & very attractive. In a pot in azalea mix, doing very well thanks to all the tips from Daleys customers.(shaded spot) I'll probably get another one to increase pollination but even if it doesn't fruit it's a striking looking plant. Surprised it isn't grown just as a feature plant. Very happy.

Lots of flowers over summer but no fruit, has sent up 2 suckers

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, Seasol

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

None needed so far


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Rusticular's Edible Fruits
Update: 245 days 7hrs

Comments: - Mine is the prickly variety, very pretty but hard to handle and control,  Fruit yellow leathery skinned, very small and seedy. Can be weedy. Removed the palnt but it is still coming up where seeds have been spread by the poultry. Still picking out seedlings 2017.

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: Can be very weedy.


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Naranjilla 7/10

Djbarnes's Edible Fruits
Update: 861 days 12hrs

Comments: - Unique plant, with purple spikey leaves. Has flowered, but hasn't fruited yet. I am looking forward to making some juice from its fruit when the time finally comes.

Planted: 2014

Height 0.3 metres

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Naranjilla (Cutting)

Firefly's Edible Fruits
Update: 2970 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Cuttings taken from my dying plant. 1 looks great, 2 OK, 1 ill.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 4


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Naranjilla (Seedling) 7/10

Kenny Kenezel's Edible Fruits
Update: 792 days 11hrs

Comments: - Delicous fruit and absolutely stunning foliage.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2013

Height 180 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Naranjilla 8/10

Anthonymiceli1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2878 days 14hrs

Comments: - Grew fantastically in Summer, healthy and highly ornamental to about 1.5 m tall and wide, set a lot of fruitt but they were too late to ripen, and the plant did not survive the Winter. %uFFFDI guess Egg Plant and tomato do not survive Winter either. %uFFFDObviously needs a little more length of growing season

Pest Control: No pests detected


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Naranjilla (Seedling)

Daniuel's Edible Fruits
Update: 2503 days 12hrs

Comments: - Grew very quickly. Very spiky leaves and multiple stems. Flowering since mid-summer but has not set fruit yet. Daleys told me it can flower for months before it actually sets fruit. I look at it every day to see if the first fruit has arrived. 6 months llater it is still flowering like crazy but still not one fruit has set. Plant is vigorous and healthy - looks very happy where it is.


Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pest Control: None, and something is eating the leaves.



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Naranjilla (Cutting) 6/10

Ivepeters's Edible Fruits
Update: 1445 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Overwatered or curl grubs.

Nice decorative plant, easy to grow.

Fruit tasted like the unripe picked kiwi fruit you get at supermarkets.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Naranjilla 6/10

Rob19's Edible Fruits
Update: 1063 days 12hrs

Comments: - Has taken a beating from multiple moves etc. It's still fairly happy though. I expect good growth once it gets some stability

Planted: 2013

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Naranjilla 2/10

JasonRutkowski1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2958 days 13hrs

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Got rid of it - Not a quality tasting fruit and painful to deal with

Pollination: No


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For further information:

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/naranjilla_ars.html
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/naranjilla.htm