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It is the season of quenettes

  • Posted July 2, 2008 by Miclaud Viewed 9694 times

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Les vacances ont bien commencé et nous allons déguster de nombreux fruits (mangots, mangues…) et légumes (avocats, fruit à pain…) tropicaux. Parmi ceux-ci, des petits fruits, insignifiants mais ô combien agréables… les quénettes!

The holidays have begun and we are going to sample numerous tropical fruits (mangoes…) and vegetables (avocadoes, breadfruits …). Among these, there are small fruits, insignificant but how much pleasant : the quenettes!

Melicoccus bijugatus (Sapindaceae) also known as the mamón (although the word is considered obscene in some Spanish speaking countries), chenet, guaya, gnep, ginep, skinnip (in St. Kitts) genip, guinep, ginnip, kenèp (in Haiti), quenepa (in Puerto Rico), ackee (in Barbados), Spanish lime, or limoncillo. (Wikipedia)

Pour les apprécier, il faut rompre la coque - qui n'est pas très résistante - avec les dents, puis sucer la pellicule qui est autour du noyau (quelques fois, il y a des jumeaux).

To appreciate them, it is necessary to break the shell - which is not very resistant - with the teeth, then suck the film which is around the stone (some times, there are twins).

Attention! Il vaut mieux que les jeunes enfants n'en mangent pas, car le noyau glisse très facilement au fond de la gorge!

Attention! It is better to avoid the young children to eat it, because the stone slides very easily into the throat!

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    • # Dominique

      ho lala, Stan n'a pas vu ce post, il adore les quenettes, son tonton et sa tatie de l'anse madame qui ont un arbre en savent quelque chose!!!

      2008.08.17 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Catseyes

      Et j'arrive dans 2 semaines pour les deguster...... Merci pour les explications tres utiles, surtout pour les enfants comme tu le dis. Prevention.....

      2008.07.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tisha Dr

      Interesting!!Do you use them as an ingredient in recipes to make special dishes?
      Thanks for sharing!!

      2008.07.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Mds972

      ay, ki sa ou ka fe mwen la a... Djol mwen ka koule. quenettes =vacances 1 paquet pr 5 francs. c'est combien maintenant en euro?
      En australie, ils l'appellent 'sour berry'.

      2008.07.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Mei-Ling

      I have not seen quenettes but I will definitely be on the look-out for them, they do look very enjoyable. My favourites are mangoes, sharons (caqi), pineapples and grapefruit. Luckily, these are easily available in Spain.

      2008.07.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carley

      I thought we got a good sample of tropical fruit here.....but I've never seen or heard of this one. It looks luscious!! I love the last shot especially

      2008.07.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Domã©Lia

      Belle série : on va bientôt voir les marchands sur le bord des routes.. je vais faire attention car un jour j'en ai achetées à un gars qui venait de les cueillir... chez mon beau frère :-)))))

      2008.07.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Christine

      J'en ai l'eau à la bouche tant ces photos sont superbes.
      Magnifique le gros plan sur la main !
      Joli portrait aussi

      2008.07.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Dominique Placide

      Hummm ! Les grandes vacances sont là. Même si on travaille. Il y a les quénettes, les vacanciers, les gommiers, les yoles, le tour cycliste, la météo ????, ...
      Belle série !

      2008.07.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Wow - thanks for introducing me to this fruit. Would love to taste it.
      What holiday are you speaking of.

      2008.07.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      Never heard of them! Sad what some of us don't get to sample.... ! Thanks for sharing, they look yummy!

      2008.07.02 Edited Reply Cancel