Healthy and Fresh Quenepas Juice Recipe

Published on November 12th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Side shot of Healthy Quenepas Juice.

The Quenepe is the fruit of the Melicoccus Bijugatus tree. The fruit is considered an edible stone-bearing fruit because of its fleshy parts surrounding a shell that contains the seed kernel inside. This fruit is native to the Caribbean, Central, and South America. The fruit is known as Chennet, Bajan or St. Lucian ackee, or Guinep in Jamaica in the Caribbean. Spanish-speaking countries are known as mamoncillo, limoncillo—guinep, Spanish lime, mamones, and mamon fruit. The fruit has a distinctive firm green peel that makes a popping sound when broken open. Once you remove the peel, an orangey, fibrous, gelatinous, moist pulp surrounds the seed. This pulp is the edible part with a slightly tart, tangy, and sweet flavor that some say is a cross between a lychee and lime. To eat the fruit, you crack open the peel, pop the ball into your mouth, and suck the pulp off the seed, but be careful. These can be a severe choking hazard. On a nutritional note, this fruit is a good source of fiber, Vitamins A, B, and C, Calcium, Iron, and the amino acid tryptophan.

Now that you know a little about this delightful fruit, we would like to share our recipe for Healthy and Fresh Quenepas Juice. We will provide two methods, hot and cold, for extracting the juice from the fruit for those who are more health-conscious and want to retain as much of the nutrients this fruit has to offer. We hope you enjoy this juice as much as we have enjoyed sharing it with you. If you love juices, you may also try Fresh Lime Juice Recipe.

Are Quenepas healthy?

Yes, they are! They contain phenolic substance that may protect your heart and lower cholesterol. They also contain iron which boosts your energy and your muscles. And they contain vitamin C which boosts the immune system. So eat those Quenepas!

Are quenepa seeds poisonous?

Yes, Quenepas seeds contain cyanogenic glycoside, which converts to hydrogen cyanide, a poisonous substance.

What is the season for quenepas?

Quenepas are in season starting in early April and lasting until summer or fall.

What is the English name for quenepas?

The English name for Quenepas is Spanish lime.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 mins
Total Time
31 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram Quenepas

  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, minced

  • 1 Lime, juiced

  • 1 Liter Water

  • Brown sugar Or Honey to taste

Instructions

Cold Method

Wash and rinse the Quenepas, remove the peel and place the fruits into a large bowl with the ginger.

Add enough water to the bowl to fully submerge the fruit, cover, and leave for an hour or overnight for more depth of flavor and to make the juicing process easier.

Wash and sanitize your hands or use gloves and squeeze each piece of fruit to remove the pulp from the seeds, then discard the seeds.

Strain the pulp, ginger, and water mixture to remove debris and pour the liquid into a jug or pitcher.

Mix in the lime juice and add sugar or honey to taste. Serve chilled over ice.

Hot Method

Wash and rinse the Quenepas, remove the peel and place the fruits into a large bowl with the ginger.

Place a pot of water to boil. When it’s a rolling boil, remove from the heat, pour it into the bowl of fruit and ginger, then leave it to rest until it’s cool to the touch or overnight for more depth of flavor and make the juicing process easier.

Wash and sanitize your hands or use gloves and squeeze each piece of fruit to remove the pulp from the seeds, then discard the seeds.

Strain the pulp, ginger, and water mixture to remove debris and pour the liquid into a jug or pitcher.

Mix in the lime juice and add sugar or honey to taste. Serve chilled or over ice.

Rachael Ottier Hart
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Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart