Christina and I absolutely love the fresh fruits and vegetables available here. They are so abundant in the summer! They make us pineapple, naranjilla (cross between orange and kiwi), guava, passionfruit, watermelon, tree tomato juices at our hostel and local restaurants. Salads are also very popular here and avocado is used heavily :).
Christina's favorite fruit- narajilla (no english name). Very delicious in juices.
However, local ecuadorians seem to prefer heavier, fried foods- alot of main courses involve rice, beans, heavy meats, french fries, fried plantains etc. It's pretty hearty and definitely fills you up. Thank goodness we hike around enough that I think the calories have not yet accumulated... famous last words.
Ecuadorian things we were told to try include-
Humitas - tamale-like , cornmeal with cheese in the middle Also interesting to note is that soups or sopas are popular and that ecuadoraisn like putting popcorn in their soups ! kinda like oyster crackers...