|Whole and transversely-cut fruit|
Solanum quitoense, known as Naranjilla (Spanish pronunciation: [naɾaŋˈxiʝa], "little orange") in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Panama and as Lulo ([ˈlulo], from Quechua) in Colombia, is a tropical perennial plant from northwestern Colombia. The specific name for this species of nightshade means "from Quito."
The lulo plant has large elongated heart- or oval-shaped leaves up to 45 cm in length. The leaves and stems of the plant are covered in short purple hairs. Naranjilla are delicate plants and must be protected from strong winds and direct sunlight. They grow best in partial shade.
From Spanish naranjilla.
naranjilla (plural naranjillas)
- Solanum quitoense, a subtropical perennial plant from northwestern South America.
- The edible fruit of this plant.
naranja (“orange”) + -illa
- (Castilian) IPA(key): /naɾanˈxiʎa/, [naɾãŋˈxiʎa]
- (Latin America) IPA(key): /naɾanˈxiɟ͡ʝa/, [naɾãŋˈxiʝa]