Mamoncillos are in season

It’s Mamoncillo season again!  You can buy these succulent little sour-sweet fruits from most street vendors in NY.

They are not popular with mainstream fruit buyers because of their large pit (and some work involved in eating them) so you won’t find these in your local supermarket. Mamoncillo seeds can be roasted and eaten just like sunflower seeds or chestnuts. I am roasting them right now.

Mamoncillos are native or naturalised over a wide area of the American tropics including Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Suriname, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

How to eat a Mamoncillo: Take a small bite to crack the green skin, suck the juice off the pit until it’s dry.


Mamancillo fruit

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4 Responses to Mamoncillos are in season

  1. Jonathan says:

    The name sounds funny. In New York Puerto Ricans call them quenepas, people from DR call them limoncillos, and folks from English/Patois -speaking islands call them ginnips.

    And in some parts of NYC they are in every fruit store. Saw them for $2/bag yesterday. I don’t like paying more than $1.

  2. Gabriela Lopez says:

    i need to find out if theirs any way i can order them to get send to my house.
    i dont live anywhere near a place i can purchase them

  3. Julia says:

    I like to buy mamoncillos i live in san pablo ca please let me know

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