Dotting the country’s streets are vendors who will happily blend drinks for you from the juicy bounty in their baskets, either with milk (con leche), or the standard ice and sugar (con agua).

Corozo A round, maroon-skinned fruit, not unlike a cranberry in tartness.

Guanabaná Pulpy, yellow fruit that tastes like a mild guava, with a touch of grapefruit.

Lulo Resembling a vivid yellow persimmon, this tangy fruit is perfectly balanced sweetness and tartness.

Mora Close cousin of the blackberry.

Níspero This combination of pear and papaya is rich and musky, and goes really well with milk.

Tomate de árbol Literally, “tree tomato”, this orange-red fruit blurs the line between fruit and vegetable, being sharp and only faintly sweet.

Zapote This luscious orange fruit’s uncanny resemblance to sherbet is confirmed by the tendency of some locals to freeze its pulp to eat as dessert.

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