32 Exotic South American Fruits

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South America is home to a wide variety of fruits, many of which are not found in other parts of the world. Here are some of the most popular South American fruits!

Dragonfruit, avocado and other tropical fruits resting in a bunch.

1. Acai Berry

The acai berry is a small, dark purple fruit that is native to Brazil. It has a sweet, nutty flavor and is often used in juices, smoothies, and desserts.

2. Amazon Grape

The Amazonian grape is a small, purple fruit that grows in the Amazon rainforest from an evergreen tree. It tastes both sweet and tart and is often used in juices and jams.

3. Avocado

Avocado is a large, green fruit that is native to South America. It has a creamy texture, and rich flavor and is often used in salads, sandwiches, and dips.

4. Black Sapote

Black sapote is a small, black fruit that is native to Central and South America. It has a sweet, chocolatey flavor and is often used in desserts.

A black sapote fruit with a wooden spoon scooping out its black flesh.
Black sapote.

5. Breadfruit

Breadfruit is a large, round fruit that while not native to Latin America, has been grown there for centuries. It has a starchy flavor and is often used in savory dishes.

6. Cacao

Cacao is a bitter, dark-colored fruit that is native to South America. It is used to make chocolate and also has a multitude of health benefits.

7. Camu Camu

Camu Camu is a small, red fruit that is native to Brazil and Peru. It has a sour flavor and is often used in juices and smoothies.

Reddish green camu camu fruit resting in a clear glass bowl.
Camu Camu.

8. Canistel

Canistel is a yellow, egg-shaped fruit that is native to Mexico and Central America, though has been grown in South America for a very long time now. It has a sweet, custard-like flavor and is often used in desserts.

9. Cashew Fruit

Cashew fruit is the fruit of the cashew tree and is native to Brazil and Peru. It is also known as Maranon. It has a sweet, almond-like flavor and is often used in desserts and jams, and jellies.

10. Cherimoya

Cherimoya is a green, heart-shaped fruit native to Ecuador and Peru. It has a sweet, custard-like flavor (so much so that it is also known as ‘custard apple’) and is often used in desserts.

Green textured cherimoya fruit resting in a wooden basket.
Cherimoya.

11. Coconut

Coconut is the fruit of the coconut tree and is native to South America. It has a sweet, creamy flavor and is often used in desserts.

12. Cupuassu

Cupuassu is the fruit of the cupuassu tree and is native to Brazil. It is related to the cacao tree. It has a sweet flavor, that is chocolate-like, and is often used in desserts.

13. Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is the fruit of a vining cactus plant and is native to Peru. Dragon fruit is also known as pitaya. It has a sweet, exotic flavor and is often used in desserts and frozen treats.

14. Feijoa

Feijoa is the fruit of the feijoa tree and is native to Brazil. It has a sweet, pineapple-like flavor and is often used in desserts.

Bright green feijoa fruit in a large pile.
Feijoa.

15. Guava

Guava is the fruit of the guava tree and is native to Peru. It has a sweet, strawberry-like flavor and is often used in desserts and jams.

16. Lucuma

Lucuma is the fruit of the lucuma tree and is native to Peru and Bolivia. It has a sweet, caramel-like flavor and is often used in desserts and ice cream.

17. Fig

Fig is the fruit of the fig tree and is native to Brazil. It has a sweet, honey-like flavor and is often used in desserts.

18. Naranjilla

Naranjilla is a fruit that is native to Colombia. It is also known as ‘lulo’. It has a sweet, tart flavor and is often used to make juice or jams.

19. Jabuticaba

Jabuticaba is the fruit of the jabuticaba tree and is native to Brazil. It has a grape-like flavor and is often used in jams and jellies.

Close shot of jabuticaba fruit.
Jabuticaba.

20. Jackfruit

Jackfruit is the fruit of the jackfruit tree and is native to Brazil. It has a sweet, pineapple-like flavor and is often used in both desserts and savory dishes.

21. Tamarillo

Tamarillo, also known as the ‘tree tomato’, is an egg-shaped reddish-orange fruit native to South America. They are both sweet and sour in taste.

22. Mango

Mango is the fruit of the mango tree and is native to Brazil. It has a sweet, juicy flavor and is often used in sweet desserts or in its savory application, mango salsa.

23. Papaya

Papaya is the fruit of the papaya tree and is native to Peru. It has a sweet, melon-like flavor and is often used in tropical fruit salads and frozen treats.

24. Melon Pear

Melon pear is the fruit of the melon pear tree and is native to Brazil. It has a sweet, juicy flavor and is often used in desserts.

Melon pears on a white backdrop.
Melon pear.

25. Physalis

Physalis is the fruit of the physalis tree and is native to Peru. It has a tart, citrus-like flavor and is often used in salads. It is also known as the ‘cape gooseberry’ and ‘uchuva’.

26. Plantains

Plantains, also known as ‘cooking bananas’, are starchy fruit with white flesh commonly found throughout South America. They can take on a starchy or a sweet flavor depending on how they are prepared.

27. Passion Fruit

Passion fruit is native to Ecuador and Brazil. It has a sweet, tart flavor and is often used in desserts. It’s also known as ‘maracuja’, and it’s the fruit of the maracuja tree. It has a sweet, tangy flavor and is often used in juices and desserts.

28. Peach Palm

Peach palm is the fruit of the peach palm tree and is native to Colombia. It has a sweet, peach-like flavor and is often used in desserts.

29. Pineapple

Pineapple is the fruit of the pineapple plant and is native to the Brazilian rainforests. It has a sweet, juicy flavor and is often used in desserts and smoothies.

30. Prune Plum

Prune plum is the fruit of the prune plum tree and is native to Peru. It has a sweet, tart flavor and is often used in desserts.

31. Sapodilla

Sapodilla is the fruit of the sapodilla tree and is native to Central and South America. It has a sweet, brown sugar flavor and a texture similar to pears.

A pile of sapodilla fruit resting in a wooden basket.
Sapodilla.

32. Babaco

Babaco is a tropical fruit that is native to Ecuador. It has green skin and a white, fleshy interior. It has a sweet, tangy flavor.

In Conclusion

These are just some of the delicious fruits that come from South America. Next time you’re in the grocery store, be sure to try one of these exotic fruits! You won’t be disappointed. Be certain to tell us some of your favorite South American fruits in the comments below!

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