One of the lost fruits of the Incas, the naranjilla is believed to be indigenous and most abundant in Peru, Ecuador and southern Colombia.
This stunning sub-tropical plant can be planted anywhere the large leaves can be admired and the orange fruit eaten. Try in a container on the deck or simply in the garden as a bold specimen. The 2-3" inch edible fruit has a citrus flavor, sometimes described as a combination of rhubarb and lime. The naranjilla has been proposed as a new flavoring for the global food industry. The fruits are found at markets.
Eat fresh by squeezing out contents onto ice cream or fruit salad, use cooked in pies, with sherbet, or make into a juice or spreads like marmalade.
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. Best foliage color is achieved by planting where it will receive direct morning sunlight and shade from hot afternoon sun. Needs protection from heavy wind it is frost sensitive, so protect or move indoors in Winter. Zone 9b+