As I have already admitted, I have a bit of a tropical fruit fetish. Still, I never expected that I would ever have the opportunity to take my smoothie predilections to a more literal level. Until I met borojó.
Borojó is a fruit indigenous to the rain forests of Central and South America, where it is known by locals as “nature’s Viagra.” In liquid form, borojó is also called jugo del amor — love juice.
Naturally, I had to make my own love juice.
As per usual, I purchased the fruit as a frozen pulp. This particular brand hails from Colombia and offers a large variety of frozen fruits.
The flavor of unadulterated borojó is reminiscent of tamarind — sweet and slightly savory with a hint of rottenness. Not too bad, I thought.
I was wrong.
Blended with milk, the borojó’s pungent flavor took a turn for the worst. The aroma now reminded me of VINYL, like that of an inflatable pool raft just taken out of its package for the first time. Not sexy.
As I found this mixture too disgusting to drink, I cannot comment on its efficacy as an aphrodisiac. (Which is probably a good thing.) Next time, I plan on diluting the borojó with other fruits while listening to Marvin Gaye.