Food on Tenerife: Paraguayo – Is This the Food of the Gods?

Posted: September 1, 2009 in Food, Life, Spain, Tenerife, Travel
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Is it a fig, or is it a peach...or is it something else instead?

Is it a fig, or is it a peach...or is it something else instead?

I have just been introduced to the pleasures of the wonderful paraguayo. I’ve seen this fruit in the Al Campo supermarket in La Orotava now and again and had assumed from its shape that it was a nephew or niece of the fig family, but after reading about it on a Tenerife Forum thought I’d give it a go.

QUE SABOR! This fruit has got to be the fruit of the gods. Its aroma identifies it clearly as being a member of the peach family – maybe an aristocratic distant cousin – and the taste, mamma mia (oh no here I go again). It’s like a juicy peach which has been dipped in honey. You’ve really got to try it – not so easy if you don’t live in the Garden of Hesperides (Tenerife mas o menos) where pretty much anything grows in abundance.

Apparently the English name (or more accurately American) is the flat peach, or doughnut peach which displays a distinct lack of imagination. The ‘doughnut peach’ sounds like something an obese kid on a buckling bmx would be stuffing into his gob.

An exotic fruit should have an exotic name and paraguayo rolls off the tongue nicely, so I’m sticking with it.

If you haven’t tried them yet, you’ve got to go out and get one ASAP and give those taste buds a sweet little treat.

  1. colleen keyes says:

    They are in season at the moment, and after living in the Canaries 20 years, I guess it´s time to give them a go……I´ll let you know!

  2. dragojac says:

    Yes they are. We’ve been enjoying them for breakfast nearly every day for the last few weeks.

    Hope you like them.

  3. […] lies like an exotic intruder in the fruit bowl making the mango, bananas and even the tropical paraguayo look very dull by comparison. We haven’t decided how we’re going to devour it yet, but […]

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