Lulo, also known as Naranjilla, is a round-shaped fruit that has a citrus flavor like pineapple-and-lemon. It contains numerous small seeds that are 2.5–3.5 mm in diameter. When you cut this globose fruit in half, you will see that it is filled with very juicy and slightly sour, pulp having a delicious flavor, and that is why it is widely preferred having by squeezing its juice.
The Naranjilla juice is widely consumed as such or making a drink out of it called lulada. It grows in northwestern Colombia and is a very popular fruit in various Latin American countries. It is interesting to note that this fruit’s outer shape and inner filling look like a tomatillo except for color.
How To Store Lulo
Commonly the Lulo fruit is known by the names Naranjilla and also Obando, Cocona, or Nuqui. So don’t get confused when you hear any of these names, and the information mentioned in this article applies to all these. Although the Spanish word Naranjilla translates into “little orange” in English, it tastes quite different from orange.
Like all other fruits, Lulo can also go bad, and you must know the techniques to store it. If not stored properly, the fruit will start losing its firm texture and taste. Although it is already sore, the soreness of a rotten Naranjilla is quite different from the natural one. Here are the tips and tricks to store it.
Lulo is brownish-green while young turning to orange when fully ripe. In its unripe form, you better store it in a pantry at room temperature as this gives the fruit adequate time to ripe fully. Make sure to check it after intervals, as the storage would be different once the fruit is completely ready.
Store In Refrigerator
The orange color of Lulo indicates that it is fully ripe. In this case, you have to store it in a refrigerator for more than a week. Doing so will make it ripe and ready to consume.
Keep Away From Sunlight
If it is not hot outside, you can keep your ripened fruit outside the refrigerator on your dining table or kitchen shelf. You need to ascertain that always keep the fruit basket in such a place where there is no excessive heat, whether from your kitchen or the sun.
Keep Away From Moisture
Moisture may spoil your fruit when it is placed outside. After washing, dry it out with a neat cloth and place it in a basket that is also moisture-free.
Can You Freeze Lulo
Freezing is a well-known technique used for many years to increase the shelf life of fruits and almost all eatables. So the answer to this question that if you can freeze Lulo is a yes. However, it is not recommended for raw fruit, but for the fully ripened fruit, there is no best way of storing it other than refrigerating or freezing it.
We would recommend placing your Lulo fruit inside a container or freezer plastic bag to freeze. Cutting it would not be a very good idea as it is highly juicy and will lose all of its juice in the process of cutting. Here we suggest another great tip, squeeze the fruit’s juice in a can and store this juice in the freezer for as long as you want.
How Long Does Lulo Last
If you store Lulo according to the tips mentioned above, it can last fresh for 2-3 days at room temperature. There is an important thing to note that the cut fruit halves the shelf life compared to the uncut fresh Lulo. In the refrigerator, it can last relatively longer for 2-3 weeks.
While in the freezer, this fruit can retain at maximum. However, the fresh fruit taste is quite good than the feezed one, but the point here is the freezer keeps it away from spoilage, making it able to consume in many ways for longer periods.
How To Tell If Lulo Is Bad
Despite all the optimum conditions that you provide your Lulo to retain its shelf life, it still is liable to decay or going bad. Knowing when the fruit is bad is important because consuming rotten fruit can lead to serious health issues. Here are some following tips by which you know that Lulo is bad.
- Change in Appearance: Fresh Lulo’s skin is normally smooth and thick, wrapped along light yellow-orange flesh and juicy green pulp. If the skin appears wrinkly, then it is a sign that the fruit is going bad.
- Change in Odor: The odor of good Lulos is like fresh rhubarb, lime, or orange. A pungent odor despite a fresh aroma strongly indicates a rotten fruit.
- Closer examination: Sometimes fruit appears good unless you take a closer look or cut it. Check the Lulo closely to see if there are dark spots as it is a sign of bacterial growth which occurs in rotten fruit.