19 Aug

July and August is QUENEPA-time!!!! 

Called mamoncillo by Cubans, it’s a green and “crispy” skinned fruit.   You open them by biting the skin with your front teeth.  It has a peachy pulpy interior that’s both sweet and a bit acidic at the same time.  Quenepas are very delicious but could be dangerous to eat because enclosed in that pulp is a very slippery pit that if not careful, many people have choked on.  I was not able to taste my 1st quenepa until I was about 10 years old.

Another thing to be careful of when eating quenepas is that the juice of the pulp stains, very much like green bananas and green plantains stain and if that juice falls in your clothes they could be stained forever.

Nonetheless, quenepas are the perfect fruit to eat at the beach during summertime.  If you come across a bunch, give them a try, just be careful… never talk with a quenepa in your mouth.  OK?


2 Responses to “Quenepas”

  1. Damaris Palmer August 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi, I just found you via Foodbuzz and I’m so excited you’re from PR. I went to PR for 2 weeks when I was pregnant with my son. We camped and ate lots of good food.

    Hi. Nice to meet you.

  2. Dembellyfull.com August 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    I wasn’t allowed to eat a quenepa until I was about 10 as well. I still remember how worried abuela got when my dad gave me my first one. I tried to talk with a quenepa in my mouth and abuela almost had a heart attack. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her reaction so it’s funny to read you warn about it.

    Too bad there won’t be any quenepas when I go back in November 😦

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