Starting in the spring, the quenapa, or Spanish lime, will be in season. Depending on the cultivator, the season lasts all summer and into the fall.
Quenapa are little green fruits that grow in tropical locations. When the fruit is peeled, a peach-colored gel-like filling is revealed. The fruit is edible raw, but it is also used in a variety of dessert sauces. Because the fruit is cholesterol-free and low in calories, it can help with weight loss. The quenapa seed is edible, and it’s commonly prepared and eaten like chestnuts. Quenapa fruit must be consumed when fully mature; else, it is poisonous.