Native to the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, at elevations between 3000-7000ft.
Bright orange fruit about the size of a large cherry tomato. Fruits are covered with numerous fuzzy hairs that rub off when ripe. Pulp is green, acid, and of excellent flavor. Eaten fresh, but most commonly used to make drinks. Is also used in preserves and desserts.
Naranjilla is a medium sized shrub or small tree to 6-10ft. The naranjilla is subtropical and enjoys slightly cooler than tropical temperatures. The plant contains many large thorns growing out from stems, branches, and leaves. Leaf veins are generally a deep purple color. Naranjilla's like frequent watering and can stand brief temperature drops below freezing. It is easily container grown, and is often done so in areas with nematode problems as it is susceptible to root nematodes. The naranjilla is thought to be a short day plant, and may only set fruit when there are 8-10 daylight hours.
Sow surface at 65=70 degrees and cover very slightly with soil. Exposure to light, but not in direct sunlight, and keep moist. Germinates within 2 weeks.