The guinep tree is native to the northern countries in South America and has the scientific name Melicoccus Bijugatus, although it is known by a lot of different names in different countries. Even within the English speaking Caribbean the guinep is known by the name of chenette in Trinidad & Tobago, limoncillo in the Bahamas and ackee in Barbados
Guinep is a fun fruit to eat. It’s great for eating out-of-hand and it’s also used to make juice, jam, and jelly. Just crack the thin skin with your teeth and pop the juicy seed in your mouth.
The Jamaican guinep has several great benefits, with only 58 calories in a healthy serving, the guinep contains protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, ash, calcium, thiamine phosphorus, iron, carotene, riboflavin, ascorbic and amino acids.
Tip: Be careful of the guinep juice because it will stain your clothes. Eat only ripe guineps, otherwise they may be toxic. Guineps should only be given to children with caution/supervision because of the possibility of choking on the large seeds.
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