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Naranjilla is a thorny perennial plant that can reach up to 2.5 m in height. It produces yellowish-orange hairy fruit with green seedy flesh that has a subacid flavor and is used to make juices, jams, jellies, and flavoring for ice cream or sherbet. The skin of the fruit is not usually eaten and can be irritating to the human skin because of the small, spiky hairs. Handle fruit with gloves and rub off irritating hairs before processing.


Julio Rivera

This variety from Puerto Rico has fewer spines on the leaves and stems than regular naranjilla. 


Round edible fruit 20 cm (8 in), with a sour flavor.