Quenepas or Guinep, also known as Spanish Limes and Mamoncillo! This fruit is similiar in appearance to an unripe lime although it is technically not a citrus fruit. Quenepas are a "honey berry" and is more related to lychee and rambutan in terms of texture and appearance but are sour like a lime. Quenepas have a tough and leathery skin and are small in size. They are filled with a gelatinous pulp much like a lychee. The flavor of this variety is sour with an acidic taste similar to a lime. Quenepas are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, antioxidants, calcium and fiber.
Ripening and Storage:
Quenepas can be stored at room temperature in a cool dry place or kept refrigerated.
Quenepas are commonly eaten fresh right out of the skin. Puncture or bite the thin skin so it can easily be peeled off (similar to eating a lychee or longan). The seed can be discarded or roasted and eaten like a chestnut. Quenepas are often used in desserts, jellies, drinks and more!