It’s every kid’s fantasy—what if peanut butter grew on trees. Well, in Peru and other parts of South America it does. Sort of.
Bunchosia argentea, commonly referred to as peanut butter fruit, grows on a flowering shrub (not a tree). Its small fruit—about the size and color of a cherry tomato—has a fleshy pulp that, yes, has the same taste and texture as peanut butter.
In fact, some of the fruits also have a slight berry flavor to them, which gives them the taste of that time-honored duo, peanut butter and jelly.
In Peru, you may encounter peanut butter fruit in muffins, cakes—even milkshakes. But what may be most interesting about it is that it gives people with nut allergies a chance to taste what they’re missing.
Intrigued? Check out the trips below for your chance to get to Peru and try some peanut butter fruit for yourself.