Solanum quitoense

General Information

It is a subtropical plant from the northwest of South America, this fruit is known as naranjilla in Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica; while in Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico it is known as lulo. It belongs to the Solanaceae family.

This exotic fruit is round, yellow in color and covered in fine fluff. Its flavor is acidic, and its pulp is quite juicy. In Latin countries this fruit is used for juices, desserts and different sauces.


Latin name: Solanum quitoense
Family plant name: Solanaceae
Origin: Northwestern Colombia

Nutrition Facts
1 servings per container
Serving size 100

Amount per serving
Calories 25
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein less than 1g

Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 5%
Vitamin K 18%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What properties does the lulo have?

 The lulo is a fruit rich in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium and potassium, which makes it a nutritious fruit, it is also a source of vitamins A, B and C. It contains beta carotene and antioxidants, which helps to strengthen our defenses.

It is important to take into account, that it also contains a high percentage of steroidal alkaloids, which can affect our health if we consume excessively the fruit.


  1. Helps eliminate toxins from the body
  2. Increases the formation of hair and nails
  3. Strengthens bones
  4. Lowers cholesterol levels
  5. Essential in weight loss diets
  6. Reduces stress levels
  7. It is linked to the production of red blood cells
  8. Prevents insomnia
  9. Reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease
  10. Prevents sunburn
  11. Intervenes in visual health


How to consume?

It can be consumed raw, for example, in salads, or to prepare desserts, juices or smoothies. Keep in mind that it must be previously washed to remove the fine lint that protects it.