Limoncillos: Discover the taste and tradition of quenepas

Limoncillos: Discover the taste and tradition of quenepas

Limoncillos, also known as quenepas or mamoncillos, are a tropical fruit loved by many Latinos.

This small green fruit, which grows in clusters, has a hard skin and a juicy, sweet interior with a hint of acid, is native to Central America and the Caribbean and a true jewel of tropical gastronomy.

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Quenepas are not only delicious, but also have a deep cultural significance.

In many Latin American countries, especially in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela, quenepas are a symbol of childhood and life in the tropics; during the summer months, it is common to see street vendors offering bunches of quenepas in the streets.

There is nothing like the pleasure of sharing a bunch with friends or family under the shade of a tree.

Popular dishes with quenepas

1. Quenepas Juice

Quenepas juice is a refreshing and flavorful drink, perfect for hot days.


2 cups of peeled quenepas

4 cups of water

Sugar to taste


In a blender, blend the quenepas with the water until well integrated.

Strain the mixture to remove the seeds and pulp.

Add sugar to taste and blend well.

Serve the juice well chilled and enjoy its refreshing flavor.


2. Quenepas jam

Quenepas jam is a delicious option for spreading on bread or crackers, or as an accompaniment to cheeses and meats.



4 cups of peeled quenepas

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

Lime juice 


In a large saucepan, combine the quenepas, sugar and water.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and takes the consistency of jam.

Add the lemon juice and mix well.

Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars and let cool before covering.


3. Quenepas ice cream

Quenepas ice cream is a fabulous way to enjoy this fruit in a creamy and refreshing dessert.




3 cups of peeled quenepas

1 cup sugar

2 cups of cream

1 cup of milk

Juice of one lemon



In a blender, blend the quenepas with the sugar to a smooth puree.

Add the cream, milk and lemon juice and mix well.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you do not have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a container and freeze, stirring every 30 minutes until a creamy consistency is obtained.


4. Tropical quenepas salad

A fresh and colorful salad that combines quenepas with other tropical fruits is an excellent choice for a light snack or a refreshing side dish.


2 cups peeled quenepas

1 cup diced mango

1 cup diced pineapple

1 cup diced papaya

Fresh mint leaves

Juice of one orange


In a large bowl, mix the quenepas, mango, pineapple and papaya.

Add the mint leaves and orange juice and mix well.

Serve the salad cold and enjoy its tropical flavor.


Connect with your roots through Saboriza

At Saboriza, we understand the importance of keeping Latin traditions and culture alive, especially when you are away from home. Our online store offers a wide variety of Latin products, including fresh quenepas, that allow you to recreate the authentic flavors of your country.

With Saboriza, you're not just buying ingredients; you're getting a piece of your culture and traditions.


Shop Saboriza and live the experience!

Visit Saboriza Market today and discover our selection of Latin products. With Saboriza, you can bring the flavors of Latin America into your home and keep your connection to your roots alive.

Order now and enjoy limoncillos and other authentic products that will make you feel closer to your homeland.

Not only a delicious fruit, but also a bridge to our roots and traditions, take the opportunity to share these flavors with friends and family, and celebrate the richness of Latin culture with authentic Saboriza products.


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