Melicoccus bijugatus, commonly called Spanish lime, genip, guinep, genipe, ginepa, kenèp, quenepa, quenepe, chenet, canepa, mamón, limoncillo, skinip,  ‎Taxonomy · ‎Distribution · ‎Description. One of the minor fruits of the family Sapindaceae, the mamoncillo (Melicoccus bijugatus Jacq., syn. Melicocca bijuga L.) has, nevertheless acquired an. This may explain the limited information available about the health effects of the edible fruit species Melicoccus bijugatus, a member of the  ‎Abstract · ‎Introduction · ‎Phytochemistry · ‎Potential biological effects.


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Melicoccus bijugatus Mamoncillo, Spanish Lime, Guayo PFAF Plant Database

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, melicoccus bijugatus Flowering Plants of Jamaica. University of the West Indies, Checklist of the vascular plants of Belize.

Memoirs of the New Melicoccus bijugatus Botanical Garden, Plants of the Eastern Caribbean. University of the West Indies.


The kernel is white, crisp, starchy, and astringent. It is commonly cultivated and spontaneous melicoccus bijugatus those countries, also in coastal Ecuador, the lowlands of Central America, the West Indies and in the Bahamas.

In Florida, it is occasionally grown as melicoccus bijugatus north as Ft. There are some specimens in California and in botanical gardens in the Philippines, Zanzibar, Hawaii and elsewhere. According to Britton, there was a tree about 30 ft 9 m tall in Bermuda in but it had never bloomed.

There are a few trees in Israel but none has flowered before 10 years melicoccus bijugatus age.


Varieties Little horticultural attention has been given this fruit. In the 's, a large-fruited, sweet type was found in Key West. Air-layers and inarchings were made in order to permit trial of this type melicoccus bijugatus the mainland.

Melicoccus bijugatus (Spanish lime)

In the 's, horticulturist George Jackson evaluated the fruits of 54 trees in southern Puerto Rico. He rated 9 trees as meriting melicoccus bijugatus testing.

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Habitats Edible Uses Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit is juicy, aromatic and somewhat sweet with a pleasant, acid flavour. A sweet and gelatinous pulp with a grape-like flavour[ ]. Usually eaten out of hand, they can also be cooked in pies, jams and jellies etc[].

They make a cooling drink[ ]. The fruit is up to melicoccus bijugatus in diameter, containing a single, melicoccus bijugatus two, large seed[].

The large, starchy seeds are roasted and used as a substitute for cassava[, ]. The elliptic seeds can be up to 28mm long[ ].


Medicinal Uses Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional melicoccus bijugatus using a plant medicinally.

A decoction of the bark is widely used by local people to treat dysentery[ ]. An infusion of the leaves is used to decrease or retard perspiration[ melicoccus bijugatus. Other Uses Seaside and Shade tree. Usually the seeds are roasted before consumption for either dietary or medicinal purposes, most likely to reduce the toxicity of the seeds or make them more digestible.

The juice from the pulp of the fruit is usually sucked until melicoccus bijugatus that remains is the fibrous material attached to the seed.