Ginep is a tropical fruit usually found in South Africa and in the Caribbean. Sweet and sour, it looks like a lime. Delicious either eaten fresh or as jam, jelly, juice and liqueur www.carib-gourmet.com
What is Ginep? What is Quénette? What is Melicoccus Bijugatus?
Ginep Scientific name : Melicoccus Bijugatus Family : SapindaceaeOther names : Spanish Lime, Guinep, Genipe, Quenepa, Honey Berry
Where Does It Come From? Ginep is a tropical fruit from South and Central America, The Caribbean, some parts of Africa and the Pacific. It grows between April and June on a tree which can reach heights of up to 25 metres. The species is also commonly planted along roadsides as an ornamental tree.
What Does It Look Like? The ginep looks like a lime, it has a tight skin. When the fruit comes to maturity, the colour stay green but becomes brighter. Inside, the ginep can be compared to the lychee but has an orange flesh. It has a thick pulp wrapping the kernel. The kernel is white, crisp, starchy, and astringent. The pulp is juicy, flavourful and sweet and sour.
How To Use The Ginep?• Ginep is usually eaten fresh by popping the fruit out of the peel and chewing the juicy pulp off the seed.• But it can also be used as an ingredient to make juice, jam, jelly and a liqueur called « bili ».• Inside the kernel, there is an almond which can be eaten if grilled.
Recipe Idea : Ginep JamIngrédients : 1 kg of ginep 1/2 litre of water 500g of sugarcane 1 lime CinnamonHow to make the jam :1. Peel the gineps by removing the bark. Place seeds in a bowl.2. Create the syrup by cooking with water, sugar, two lemon zest, a little grated cinnamon. Let simmer 5 minutes.3. Dive the ginep into the syrup and let shiver softly. Lather from time to time and stir so that the gineps do not stick to the bottom of the container.4. Once cooked put the jam in a jar.