Lulo

Solanum quitoense

Orange on the outside and green on the inside, this tomato shaped fruit is native to the Andes mountains in Colombia, Ecuador and Perú. This citrusy delicacy is often used in juices, jams, preserves, candies, and desserts.

Nutrition Facts
1 servings per container
Serving size 100g

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 g Added Sugars 0%
Protein less than 1g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Vitamin K 18%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, iron, or potassium.

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.

Retrieved from http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ January 2015

Research areas

Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:

  • Heart health

  • Cancer prevention and treatment

  • Healthy skin, nails, and hair

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Lulo is...

A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN K

One serving of lulo (1/2 a cup) provides 18% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Although sometimes referred to as the “forgotten vitamin”, this vitamin is essential for blood clotting, preventing osteoporosis, and hardening of the arteries.

A GOOD SOURCE OF PRO VITAMIN A

Half a cup of lulo provides 12% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Besides helping you see in the dark, vitamin A stimulates the production of white blood cells, helps bone turnover, and regulates cell growth.

A NATURAL SOURCE OF POTASSIUM

Half a cup of lulo provides 6% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Potassium is essential for nerve and muscle activity, it also helps waste move out of the cells and lets nutrients in. A diet rich in potassium helps lower blood pressure and may offset some of sodium’s negative effects.

A NATURAL SOURCE OF DIETARY FIBER

A serving (100 grams) of lulo provides 12% of the recommended daily intake of soluble dietary fiber. Dietary fiber helps lower bad cholesterol, improves digestion, and helps maintain bowel health. The recommended intake of fiber per day is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.

Interesting info

Also known as naranjilla, nuqui, obando, coconilla and chipiguaba, this fruit is grown in Colombia in twenty-one regions; the biggest producers are Huila, Valle del Cauca, Tolima, Boyacá, and Nariño. During the 1960’s, Campbell’s invested millions of dollars promoting lulo juice; unfortunately it was not successful due to the high cost of the fruit. Did you know that the lulo skin is covered in small, thin thorns? This is why people who harvest lulo need to wear protective gloves. There are 4 varieties of lulo: smooth, thorny, selva and chonto morado. Lulo is a key ingredient in the Ecuadorian drink, canelazo. Some of the health benefits of lulo include promoting sleep, lowering cholesterol, relieving stress and it even has diuretic properties.

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