Golden Fruit Of The Andes (naranjilla)
A rare self-pollinating subtropical fruit prized for its exquisite seasonal fruit and stunning tropical looking leaves. The furry spheres of orange fruit yield a juice that is a combination of both pineapple and lemon. If this wasn’t reason enough, the huge furry leaves tinged with purple are outstanding in the landscape. A short lived perennial, it will exhaust itself in three years but can be propagated from seed to keep the supply coming! Prefers warm wet summers, so water regularly during these months.
Golden fruit of the Andes is self pollinating and grows best in humus rich, well drained, mulched soil in a mild climate. Protect from wind. It will not tolerate frost and dislikes temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Plant in part sun and provide supplementary water during the warmer months. Fruit should be left to sweeten and fully ripen on the shrub and and this short lived perennial will need replacing every 3 years or so. Wipe hairs off the fruit and halve before squeezing out the glorious flesh. Discard the skin.