Fruits

Fruit trees of Bolivia

In Bolivia a large number of fruit trees are grown in different regions of the country, the most important being peachesorange treesmandarins and mangoes, as well as other native fruits of the area.

Granado tree in Bolivia

The scientific name of this tree is “Punica granatum“, it is grown mainly in the Santa Cruz area. It can reach between 5 and 8 meters in height and its fruit is a globular berry, with seeds, with red and juicy pulp. It adapts very well to semi-arid areas.

Tree tomato

In the area of Santa Cruz, in the Cordillera, the tree tomato is common, whose scientific name is “Cyphomandra betacea” and is a shrub of perennial foliage that can reach between 3 to 4 m in height. Its fruit is ovoid in shape, its skin is bitter and thin, scarlet red, those of wild variety or yellow or orange if it comes from a crop. Its taste is bittersweet and contains red seeds. It is consumed fresh, as well as in sweet and savory preparations.

Carambola Tree

Its scientific name is “Averrhoa carambola” and it is common in Cochabamba, Chapare. This tropical fruit tree belongs to the oxalidaceae family and is grown in intertropical areas, mainly at medium to low altitudes, up to 900 meters. Its fruits are berries, in the form of a cup, which when cut transversely has the shape of a five-pointed star and is reddish orange in a state of maturity. The fruit has few or no seeds, is juicy and sweet and sour in taste.

Ocoro tree of Bolivia

This fruit tree is common in the area of Santa Cruz, Andrés Ibáñez. Its scientific name is “Garcinia madruno” and it is a medium-sized tree, which can reach between 30 to 45 feet in height. It is a tree resistant to pests and diseases and adapts to various environmental conditions, it is also a very striking ornamental tree.

Its fruit is spherical, ovoid or ellipsoid, yellow in color and full of protrusions; inside, it has white pulp, sweet and sour taste, very aromatic and can have between 1 to 3 seeds. It is mainly consumed fresh, although it is also used for the preparation of jellies and juices.

Guava tree of Bolivia

This fruit tree, originally from Peru, is grown in Bolivia in the area of Santa Cruz, Ichilo. Its scientific name is “Psidium guajava“. It belongs to the Myrtaceae family. Its fruit is green, with yellow tones, which vary according to its species and ripeness. The pulp can be pinkish-white, reddish or pink and has a large number of very small seeds.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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