the frutería

The frutería is the holiest of holy spots in Colombia. Okay, maybe it is not the holiest, but it is certainly the most delicious. While Seth and I were away in the States, the one thing we found ourselves missing the most was the abundance of fresh fruit juices, fresh fruit salads, and freshly-baked Colombian pastries. A typical Colombian frutería menu consists of the following:

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ensaladas (fruit salads/ice cream sundaes), in order of smallest (least elaborate) to largest (most elaborate)

  • fresas con crema (strawberries with cream)
  • porción de fruta (a portion of fruit)
  • banana split
  • copa de helado (a goblet of ice cream)
  • especial (usually, diced melon, papaya, and banana with kumis (a yogurt-like substance), shredded cheese, ice cream, Andean blackberry sauce, and tropical fruit garnishes)
  • super especial (same as above, but with MORE tropical fruit garnishes)
  • tropical (same as above, but with EVEN MORE tropical fruit garnishes)

desayunos (breakfasts):

  • caldo de costilla (rib broth, usually served with scrambled eggs)
  • tamales (Colombian tamales)
  • huevos al gusto (fried or scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions)
  • changua (breakfast soup with milk, eggs, cilantro, and scallions)
  • porción de fruta (a portion of fruit)
  • jugo de naranja (orange juice)

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jugos naturales (natural juices), served en agua (in water) or en leche (in milk):

  • mango
  • papaya
  • banano (banana)
  • curuba (banana passionfruit, pictured right en leche)
  • guanábana (soursop)
  • mora (Andean blackberry, pictured left en agua)
  • maracuyá (passionfruit, my personal favorite)
  • borojó
  • lulo
  • naranja (orange)
  • fresa (strawberry)

When Seth and I first arrived in Colombia nearly a year ago, we frequented the fruterías for their cheap breakfasts. As we have become more comfortable in our new country, we have learned to skip the mediocre morning items in favor of fresh fruit and baked goods, specifically fruit salads, fruit juices, pandebonos (pastries made of corn flour, cassava starch, cheese, and eggs) and buñuelos (fried dough balls).

I mean, when you really think about it, which fruits are really worth eating in the States? Apples? Bananas? Melons? Strawberries? Blueberries? Raspberries? Blackberries? Colombia has all of those (or at the very least, a sufficient equivalent) and more. And when you really think about it, which baked goods are really worth eating in the States? Bagels…? While France might boast the heavenliest of croissants, Colombia can easily hold its own in the bakery. Although I have already mentioned pandebonos and buñuelos, I will go so far as to say that Colombian almojábanas (pastries made of corn flour and cheese) are some of the most delectable breakfast pastries on the planet. There, I said it. I don’t always praise Colombian cuisine, but when I do… I really mean it.

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