¡The Metropolitan District of Quito, thanks to its great elevation range, grows crops from both temperate and tropical climates, including the finest cacao, highland coffee and dozens of unique fruits! Don’t miss out on these treats!
Agriculture in Ecuador, and especially around Quito, is a fascinating topic. The Andes are home to excellent products, some of which are valued worldwide for their nutritional value, and others that offer new flavors that are unusual for the palate. Discover for example the custard apple, babaco, amaranth, cocoa and coffee. Revealing the ingredients that make our gastronomy so special is a journey to the land, to the seed and to the most delicious experiences.
Quito, through its various climatic floors, offers all kinds of ingredients: corn, cucumbers and grains, delicious mandarins, exotic fruits from subtropical areas and more. Their markets are an excellent place to meet products from other parts of the country, especially from the coastal area, very different from what is sown in the inter-Andean alley. Do not stay without seeing this:
Chocolate, Ecuador is ideal to get to know the process that takes from the pure cocoa to the chocolate bar.
Cherimoya: the fruit of the gods.
Babaco: an endemic fruit, has no translation and its sweet is indescribable.
Chochos: extremely nutritious, a very special product from the Andes.
Quinoa: sacred to the pre-Columbian inhabitants, today it is a product that even NASA uses for its astronauts.
High altitude coffee: from the cloudy forest, Quito coffee takes a delicious organic process thanks to the care of the people on the area.
Uvilla: this delight is known as “andean gooseberry” or goldenberry
Roses: Ecuador is one of the big exporters for its quality, passing by the flower shops will surprise you.
Panela: cane-derived, produced by hand, is the healthiest sweetener that exists.
Ají: discover the amazing variety of peppers and their unusual names.
Many others such as tubers, potatoes and corn of all kinds, color and texture.
The whole universe of tropical fruits that arrive in Quito and with which the most nutritious and delicious juices you can imagine are made. Dare to try the different!
The first approach to an “agricultural” tourism starts in the markets. Visit them and be amazed by all the colors and flavors of fruits and vegetables.
Also locate visiting sites, which offer an approach to the plantations, farms and barns with ancestral gardens:
Luis Alfred, tangerine wine: in a beautiful tangerine plantation, where the daughter of Luis Alfred produces an excellent wine, ideal as an aperitif and unique at the time of seasoning the food. In Perucho, Ruta Escondida.
Marmalades in Yunguilla: excellent place to know how a community of transition zone lives in a cloudy forest, in the Pululahua.
Northwest coffee: meet coffee growers and other crops in the area of Nanegal and Palmitopamba.
Panela in Gualea or Palo Quemado: on the western slopes of Pichincha, excellent panela is produced, in the traditional sugar mills, export products.
Roses in La Compañía: ex hacienda Jesuit with a wide variety, color and beauty of this flower.
Chocolate in Pacto: Matt, the owner of the Café Dios No Muere, his farm to try his chocolate. Another place to know about this sweet is El Quetzal, in Mindo.
Chochos in Chugchilán: If you want to venture to the Quilotoa area, you can visit the production factories of chochos, an outstanding product of the Andes.