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Photographer: Jai
Camera: Canon 300D
Lens: Sigma 18-200 mm
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The mamoncillo (Melicoccus bijugatus), also known as mamón (although the word is considered obscene in some Spanish speaking countries), chenet (in Trinidad and Tobago), guaya, gnep, ginep, skinnip (in Jamaica, St. Kitts) genip, guinep, ginnip, kenèp (in Guyana, Haiti, Belize, Bahamas) quenepa (in Puerto Rico), and Spanish lime, limoncillo (in the Dominican Republic), is a fruit-bearing tree in the soapberry family Sapindaceae, native or naturalised over a wide area of the American tropics including Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Suriname and the Caribbean…

The fruit, similar to that of the related lychee, is classified as a drupe. A mamoncillo fruit has a tight and thin but rigid layer of skin, traditionally cracked by the teeth. Inside the skin is the tart, tangy, cream pulp of the fruit, which is sucked by putting the whole fruit inside the mouth (the seed takes most of the volume of what is inside the skin). Despite the light color of the fruit’s flesh, the juice stains a dark brown color, and was often used by indigenous Arawak natives to dye cloth. (Source)

DEADLINE: July 30, 2009

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19 Comments

  1. DK says:

    Gawd! So many varieties in this world! Never knew of them before – My first thought was Lychee too….

  2. Nature’s bounty is amazing.

  3. Chennette says:

    Have to comment on my namesake post :-D Been enjoying your photo posts recently! love the bison :-D

  4. Kay says:

    For one minute, I thought how did cooked garbanzo beans go in there! lol…

  5. kalva says:

    lovely pics.. can you post the picture of the leaves

  6. Soma says:

    Beautiful, warm but intense colors in pictures… after a long time I felt a strange flutter in my heart when i saw this photo… love at first sight kind LOL.

    does look like lychee.. .wonder if I will find these at the hispanic grocery.

  7. Ben says:

    I think I’ve had these before in Mexico, but I can’t remember. Or maybe they go by other name… They look yummy :D

  8. Giff says:

    love those photos!

  9. Sunshinemom says:

    I haven’t been able to visit your blog for really really long for all those reason I had sent by mail to you. Somehow today I was able to access and it was such a nice visual treat to see all the posts I had missed!!

  10. Hélène says:

    Stunning! What software are you using to edit your pics? I love visiting your blog and looking at your gorgeous pictures.

  11. Moni-Q says:

    Hey everyone!!! If you really want to know what that fruit tastes like, you have to come to my island, Jamaica, in the summer. Right now they are in season and everywhere you go, there are boys and young men walking on the streets selling them. Only JA$50.00 for a large bunch. The money may not mean anything to you, but, just wanted to say. Guineps are just lovely. You don’t even know what you’re missing (had to rub that in :-) )

  12. Darshana says:

    My husband loves Quenepas…always searching the farmers market for this….the ripe ones taste sweet. I like them too..now lol.

    • nay says:

      my husband really like it, he had it when was in guyana. i have been looing for guinep for so long . whre can i find them , i live in london. thanks

  13. jhon paul says:

    hola, felicidades muy buenas fotos, si tienes de sus hojas te lo agradecere, tengo alkgunas dudas sobre un arbolito qeu tengo si es mamoncillo y lichi.. saludos

  14. ana says:

    man, i Haven’t had one of this for like a year i miss them so much….-yummy- [ i use to eat this every time in Cuba]

  15. Crystal says:

    Barbados calls them Ackee



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