Jamaican Guinep

We’ve been eating guineps for some months now since they’re in season. We buy them by the bundle for JA$50.00 each.Guineps

Many persons love eating guineps, but in my opinion I think the guinep (Melicoccus bijugatus) is a favourite since there are fewer competing fruits in season now.

We usually crack open guineps with our teeth and then suck on the fruit in our mouths. Some persons chew the seed, but we throw them away.

Jamaican guinepI understand that these seeds can be roasted as well, but I’ve never tried it.

All guineps, whether sweet or tangy, are stainy. They must be eaten carefully as guinep stains on clothing are extremely hard to remove.  As a matter of fact, in the past, the Tainos (Arawak Indians) used guineps for dyeing cloths.

I read that guineps contain protein, fat, fiber, ash, calcium, riboflavin and other nutrients. The leaves, I’m told are good for removing fleas infestation in any area.

Guineps are also used in pies and they make a refreshing drink.
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