Chances are you have never heard of the food called quenepa (indeed, the name is not recognized as a word by Microsoft Word; type it and it will be underlined in red), so let me begin by introducing it.
The fruit grows all over Latin America and is called by a host of other names (go to Wikiwand to see them). Let us get to the main point — what makes it healthy.
Health Benefits of Eating Quenepa (Spanish Lime)
1. It is full of fiber that reduces constipation and lowers cholesterol.
2. It contains vitamin A, which is good for your urinary system.
3. Vitamin C, an important antioxidant, is also present.
4. Another nutrient the quenepa contains is tryptophan, which helps to get a good night’s sleep.
5. Another is lysine, which prevents herpes and also aids in the growth process.
6. The quenepa lowers your blood pressure.
7. It can also help with asthma.
8. It is low in fat and calories.
9. It contains calcium, which strengthens the bones and teeth and plays a role in cancer prevention.
10. It contains phosphorus, which regulates hormones and aids digestion.
Cooked or mixed with other foods, quenepa can have other health benefits.
For instance, tea made from the leaves can sooth intestinal problems; or the seeds can be roasted, crushed and combined with honey as an antidote for diarrhea.
How to eat Quenepa Fruit
The quenepa must not be eaten until it is ripe because it contains toxins.
Simply bite the shell to break it, exposing the fruit-covered seed inside. Then proceed to chew the fruit off the seed.
Be sure not to swallow the seed; it is big and hard, and you can choke on it. When you are done eating, the seed should be practically bare.
Source: OM Times