Quenepa Fruit grow in the tropics and are very popular in the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico, Africa, South America and other tropical areas… and Quenepa Fruit have lots of health benefits.
This small round fruit is about the size of an olive with a hard skin. Inside you’ll find a very sweet luscious fruit with a jelly like consistency, most people eat them fresh… but they can also be made into sauces, desserts, and juice.
Quenepa Fruit is full of fiber for lowering cholesterol and preventing constipation, also Vitamin A that boosts your immune system and prevents formation of urinary stones; Vitamin C which is very important as a great antioxidant; calcium which keeps your teeth and bones strong and helps prevent cancer; phosphorus which is important for digestion and regulating hormones.
Quenepa also contains a large amount of tryptophan which is important for good sleep… and lysine which is important for proper growth and for preventing herpes.
Quenepa Fruit lowers blood pressure and helps with asthma, and because Quenepa is full of antioxidants (Phenolic Compounds) they also work to prevent cardiovascular disease, boost your immune system and prevent strokes.
Studies are being done on Quenepa as a anti-diabetic food because particular proteins in Quenepa lower blood sugar levels.
Quenepa Fruit is low in fat, calories, and cholesterol free! Some people say if you want to lose weight just keep eating Quenepa all day long… it will keep you busy.
And the leaves of the Quenepa tree can be boiled and made into a tea which is great for intestinal problems.
The large seed of the Quenepa Fruit is also edible and can be cooked… and once cooked they taste great. Roasted, crushed, and mixed with honey Quenepa seeds soothing away diarrhea, and in South America roast Quenepa Seeds are used as a substitute for cassava flour for baking. In Colombia Quenepa juice is a staple and can be bought in stores, it’s sweet and wonderful tasting.
Remember Quenepa Fruit must be ripe otherwise they contain toxins, and because of the large seeds they are a potential choking hazard for children.
Try some Quenepa Fruit — They Are Habit Forming
You can find them in Asia, Mexican, and other specialty markets.
Paul Haider – Master Herbalist