5 months in, and our days are still filled with lots of excitement and wonder. It is amazing all that we can learn in a single day. Not that some days haven’t felt tedious, frustrating or tiring, but fortunately these aren’t the ones we seem to remember any real details about.
Join us today as we learn about another exciting local fruit – Mamones!
Mamone’s, otherwise known as Spanish limes
Melicoccus bijugatus, commonly called Spanish lime, genip, genipe, quenepa, mamoncillo, or honeyberry, is a fruit-bearing tree in the soapberry family Sapindaceae, native or naturalised over a wide area of the tropics, including South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa and the Pacific.
The fruits are green at maturity. Each fruit has a large seed inside, the same ovoid shape as the fruit itself. The seeds have a fleshy tan-coloured edible seed coat, the testa. The pulp is orange, salmon or yellowish in color, juicy to somewhat pasty in texture, flavorful and sweet-sour to sour. One or two large, cream colored seeds. The pulp usually adheres tightly to the seed, but there are varieties that are relatively freestone.
Mamone’s are eaten fresh by popping the fruit out of the peel and chewing the juicy pulp off the seed. Also used to make juice, jam, jelly, and a liquor called “bilí”. The seeds are reportedly edible, but are very astringent.