(Solanum Quitoense) The Lulu or Naranjillo is a very interesting sub-tropical/tropical member of the tomato family Solanaceae. Lulu is native to Northwestern South America and has a long history of being cultivated in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Panama. Lulu plants are gorgeous and look like eggplants on steroids. Lulus cannot be grown outdoors in areas that receive frost; they can, however, be grown in large pots and taken in when the weather gets cold. Lulu can be started and grown like an eggplant or tomato; once the plants are 3 or 4 inches tall, they can be transplanted to a larger pot. If you live in a sub-tropical/tropical area, they will grow best in part shade, because the leaves get so large they are prone to damage from winds. Keep that in mind and plant them in a sheltered place. If you intend to grow Lulu in the North, they can be repotted into a several-gallon pot and moved to a warm patio room for the winter. Plants can be pruned and water can be reduced in the winter, resuming normal watering when the weather gets nice. Lulu is used in South America to make an extremely refreshing drink. Some say it tastes like a lemon and kiwi mixed! A very cool plant to try and grow!