Also known as the “Palm Peach,” chontaduro is a fruit common to certain parts of Central and South America. The fruit grows in a cluster on a palm tree. It’s color varies from bright orangy red to orange and yellow/green. The first time I tasted it there was nothing special about it. However the second time worked out to be the charm. This fruit must be cooked before it is edible. There is a type of fat that this fruit puts out naturally which has been used as a cooking oil. Now for the best part…the taste! It’s like eating butter. I have never felt so guiltless eating something so tasty. Honey is drizzled over the top for a perfect blend in butter and honey. It reminds me of a piece of buttered toast with a fresh golden honey spread on top.
Palm peach can also be used as a substitute for corn and fed to farm animals (even the fishes in the pond) as a high nutrient feed. Often we wonder why meat tastes so different in other places, this is due to unique diets. I have seen local farmers feed sugar cane syrup, bananas, chontaduro, etc… The result: a low-cost and nutritionally efficient feed for animals.
If you are ever traveling in Pereira in the “Eje Cafetero” you can find street vendors selling it for a $1 on the street with honey on top. I encourage you to try this treat as an open minded traveler and enjoy your visit to Colombia!