Naranjillas - Fruit, Seeds, Pictures, and Information
I tasted my first naranjilla on a trip to Ecuador in the 1990's. I now grow them here in South Florida.
I have a bunch of nice pictures of my naranjilla plants here on the website. You can follow the link on the navigation bar above. If you are interested in buying some naranjilla plants or seeds, feel free to order here. Follow the navigation bar above also to make your orders.
Naranjilla Background and Information
As I am sure you are aware, the official name for the naranjilla plant is Solanum quitoense. In Ecuador the quitoense are known as naranjilla and in Colombia they are known as the lulo. They are all the same thing.
The naranjilla can grow up to 10 feet tall and is produces large pointy stalks and leaves. Picture of naranjilla leaf below.
After the plant has aged, the stalks do take on a woody look.
How To Grow
Naranjillas grow easily from seeds in sub tropical areas. Initially they like to start out in a shady area. In the beginning make sure to keep the soil semi moist at all times.
Within a few weeks with adequate water and semi sun, naranjillas really take off and grow a lot. Within a few weeks in South Florida semi shade, my seeds can grow plants that are up to 8 inches tall.
They produce the naranjilla fruit (or lulos) within a few months. The naranjillas are ready for picking once they turn a solid orange color. I have grown many types of citrus and I have never had a fruit that produced so quickly! They have spiny sharp little tendrils on them. Just wipe them on to the grounds to knock off the sharp tendrils. I have had them get stuck under my finger nails and they hurt like mini needles. See picture of fruit below (Notice how some are ripe and others are not. Be careful taking out the ripe one's! I would wear gloves.)