Fruit juice is a refreshing treat in Peru, and the best part is that so many of the fruits here are made into juice. Cocona juice is commonly served in the jungle of Peru, but I make it quite often when the cocona is available here in the stores. It has a unique flavor, one certainly worth trying!
4 cocona fruits
1 cup of sugar
1. Place 4 cocona fruits in a pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and allow them to simmer until the color changes from yellow to slightly brown, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly.
2. Remove stems and place the entire fruit in the blender and puree. Strain the pureed cocona to remove the seeds and the peel. Place the strained, pureed cocona into a 2 liter pitcher and stir in 1 cup of sugar. Fill with water to reach 2 liters, stirring to combine well. Chill and serve.
Yield: 8 cups