LifestyleA fruit that resembles a lime. A few people have even heard of it, and that's a major loss

A fruit that resembles a lime. A few people have even heard of it, and that's a major loss

Tropical fruit mamoncillo
Tropical fruit mamoncillo
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11:25 AM EDT, October 20, 2023

Mamoncillo is an exotic fruit that grows in South and Central America, as well as in the Caribbean. It looks similar to a lime, but its taste is completely different. It is a combination of sweetness, bitterness, and sourness. Mamoncillo also has many health benefits.

Exotic fruits always spark a lot of curiosity. Nowadays, most of them are available in nearly every supermarket, but there are varieties about which we still know very little. One such mysterious fruit is the mamoncillo, also known as cotoperí or mamon.

This is a small, exotic tree that grows in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Its fruits grow in elongated clusters and resemble limes in appearance. However, the taste of mamoncillo is completely different, and this plant has many health benefits.

The bittersweet taste of mamoncillo

Mamoncillo fruits have a diameter of about 0.8-1.6 inches. Their flesh is orange and gelatinous, and inside there are one or two seeds. Ripe fruits have a sweet-bitter taste, described as "sweet with a twist".

Health benefits of mamoncillo

Mamoncillo is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin C, which strengthens immunity, resveratrol, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral effects, as well as iron and phosphorus, which are important for proper body function.

Research suggests that resveratrol, also found in grapes, may help protect the heart from various diseases. Mamoncillo may help regulate the digestive system and is recommended for people suffering from constipation, although care must be taken not to overdo the amount of fruit to avoid diarrhea.

How to eat mamoncillo?

It's best to eat mamoncillo fruit raw. Mamoncillo can be used in the kitchen in many ways. You can eat them raw, or add them to salads, desserts, or cocktails. You can also make jam, sauce, syrup, or liqueur from them.

If we are buying mamoncillo, we should choose fruits with yellow or orange peel. Ripe ones are soft to the touch.

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