Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour at Minorista Market

Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour at Minorista Market
Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour at Minorista Market

Going on an exotic fruits tour in Medellin is something I wanted to do because I love eating fruits and want to learn more about them. Colombia is home to over 400 varieties of fruit — so what better place to do an exotic fruit tour than in the country which takes first place in fruit density?

After our excellent experience with Medellin’s Real City Free Walking Tour (my top recommendation of Things to Do in Medellin), we booked with the same company for a not-free exotic fruit tour.

Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour - Yellow Dragonfruit
Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour – Yellow Dragonfruit

This 3-hour experience took us through Plaza Minorista in Medellin, where we tried 15 different types of fruit, including tree tomato, lulu, dragonfruit, guyabana, custard apple, and four different types of passionfruit.

Surprisingly, some of the “fruits” we tried didn’t even taste like fruit — like chowntaduro / “peach palm”, for example. It has to be boiled first because the skin is toxic, and even then, the flavour is bland and yam-like. To add flavour, Colombians eat it with salt and honey.

Of everything we tried, my favourites were mangosteen (something I’ve been eating since I was a kid), custard apple, and the sweeter varieties of passionfruit.  For the latter, I like the crunch of the edible seeds, even though Colombians always swallow them whole.

Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour – Mangosteen

The end of the tour comes with a free fruit juice, which you can order mixed with either water, milk/cream, and/or sugar.

Overall this was a good formal introduction to Colombia’s fruit scene.  Unless I’m introduced to a new type of fruit by someone else — I’m definitely too intimated to try something new from the market. It was good to have a guide there to ask all my fruity questions to.

Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour - Custard Apple
Medellin Exotic Fruits Market Tour – Custard Apple

After the tour, you can certainly can stay at the market to do your own grocery or snack shopping for the rest of your time in Medellin.


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We booked online with Real City Tours and paid $17USD/person for the experience.


  1. I’m enjoying following your travels! Do you have general guidelines you follow for the food you will/won’t eat in other countries when the tap water may not be safe to drink? How do you decide if it’s safe or not? I was recently in Guatemala and everyone swore the raw veggies were fine, but I just didn’t want to risk it.

    1. Hi Stephanie! For countries with unsafe tap water — like when I was in Bolivia, heavily stewed dishes were the safest. I would be sketched out by raw veggies but if everyone else is eating them, maybe it’s okay? Maybe they are okay if it’s peeled? I think I did get sick from eating a raw salad before (in Bolivia) — so to this day I am always a bit cautious when I’m eating salads in countries where the tap water may or may not be safe to drink.

      For fruits, if you just eat the insides, it’s safe— it’s usually only the peel that’s dirty. I figured if we are on a paid fruit tour, the fruits must be safe to eat (otherwise it would be all over tripadvisor if it’s not!).

      Also, I took Dukeral before our travels and pop probiotics to build up my gut health.

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