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A member of the Nightshade family and another South American crop grown by the Incas. A thorny shrub with beautiful purple and green foliage, growing to head height over a few years and producing clusters of tangy-sweet, orange fruit a bit bigger than a golfball. The fruit can be squeezed for a refreshing drink or sliced open and eaten fresh. Our plants started fruiting in their first year and continue to crop heavily.
Naranjilla is frost tender and prefers a moderately warm spot with partial shade. It needs free draining soil to do well. Great for the understorey in a food forest, but it is best planted away from the main path due to its many thorns.