Lulo is a very common fruit in Colombia. It also grows in other Latin American countries, and is known as “naranjilla” in Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica. It looks similar to a tomato but with a different consistency and a bright yellow color. It is covered by a fine membrane that is easily removed when washed. It has a bitter and juicy taste and its pulp is full of edible seeds. The pulp can be used in juices with the skin or peeled.
Lulo is a subtropical species that flowers in climates with high humidity and temperatures between 17° and 29°C.
Lulo cannot tolerate full-sun exposure, and must be grown in semi-shade. Lulol thrives at higher altitudes up to 1,500 MASL in areas with well-distributed annual rainfall.