The Spanish Lime: A Tasty Raw Fruit That Helps Digestion

Mamoncillo, ginep, quinepaQuenepa, an antioxidant rich fruit of the tropical variety, is often referred to as a Spanish lime. It is a tropical fruit from Mexico and Central America. The fruit is green and grows in a bunch with juicy orange or yellow flesh. The thin but crunchy skin can be easily cracked open without a knife.

When you fist see them, they really do look like little limes growing in bunches. It will not taste how one would assume though. Depending on how ripe it is, the fruit can have varying sweet to sour flavors and has a creamy texture. It is often paired with salt, lime and Chile powder.

The seed inside is edible as well and most people peel it and pop the whole thing in their mouths. While you might not think of it at first when thinking of fruits that help digestion, it has a calming effect on the stomach lining. It is thought that that is a main reason it is so popular as an addition to alcoholic drinks.

Don’t plan on adding this cute looking fruit into your favorite dish, if you try to cook it, you will end up with a jelly like mess. Better not to waste a yummy snack on a culinary disaster. Although you could make it into a gelatin dish like the Lychee.