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