Fruit Friday: Borojó

I’ve been meaning to write this Fruit Friday for a week now, but as you read I had midterms and such. Borojó is a fruit from the tropical rain forest of western Colombia, i.e., el Chocó. Here is a map so you can locate the Department of Chocó.

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Notice it has both a coast on the Pacific and the Atlantic. It probably merits its own post due to recent armed conflict, but I’m not too familiar with it. I do know that it hosts the wettest place in the world and it’s inhabited mostly by descendants of African slaves, brought by the Spanish, and the Emberá, the only natives left. The borojó only grows in this region because of the humidity (85%) and it gets its name from the Emberá word “borojoa” meaning round or globulous. Here’s what it looks like when you buy it from the supermarket.

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Notice it looks squishy and brown, kind of like tamarind. Although the actual fruit looks different the pulp tastes much like tamarind, I would say a bit more bitter. You can make all kinds of things with it such as compotes, marmalades, candies, wine and the so-called “juice of love”. Due to its aphrodisiac properties it’s used to treat sexual impotence in traditional medicine. It also has a variety of other uses including embalming cadavers, facial masks, and treating kidney problems.

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Here is one recipe for the juice of love:

Ingredients

Pulp of Borojó (about a cup)
1 chontaduro (another fruit from Chocó, optional)
1/2 banana
2 liters of milk
1 cup of powdered milk
1 ounce of rum
1 ounce of brandy (yeah, I’m guessing the alcohol the reason why it’s the juice of love)
1 cup of condensed milk
1/4 cup of honey
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

First, blend the rum and brandy with the egg. Then, blend in the cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by the chontaduro, banana and Borojó. You then add the milk, powdered and liquid, along with the honey and condensed milk. You can also watch it being made here by a sassy woman from Chocó.

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2 Responses to Fruit Friday: Borojó

  1. vocabat says:

    Is it good? Do you recommend it? It looks like a ball of mud.

    Loved the video!

    • Manu says:

      I recommend you try it, but only for novelty sake. It kind of tastes funny, like you shouldn’t be eating it. I’d stick with tamarind.

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