Genip season has finally arrived! Similar in taste and related to lychee, the fruits of Melicoccus bijugatus are called various names throughout the Caribbean - guinep, ginnip, and kenep in Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Belize, the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands; guaya, gnep, guinep, and skinnip in Jamaica and St. Kitts; talpa jocote, canepa and quenepa in Puerto Rico; and Spanish Lime, limocillo, genepa and xenepa in the Dominican Republic.
To eat these, just crack open the protective outer shell, then suck the tasy pulp off of the large central seed. The seeds are often discarded, but they can actually be roasted or boiled then eaten like chestnuts. Check out this old newspaper article from the USVI on the nutritional content of genip seeds and some ideas on preparation.
Breadfruit can be eaten at any stage of development for either sweet treats or savory meals, as long as the fruits are prepared properly. Check out this very informative website from the Breadfruit Institute for detailed information on how to prepare and cook breadfruit.
Carambola, also called star fruit for its shape when sliced, is from the Averrhoa carambola tree. Native to Indonesia, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India, starfruit is now grown in many tropical and subtropical countires throughout the world. Eat it like an apple, or try it juiced.
The mangoes this week are a mix of Julie, Kidney, Asian and our own grafted varieties. The bananas are a mix of dwarf cavendish and other sweet eating bananas.
Enjoy the harvest,
Claudia & the crew at Ridge to Reef Farm
This Week's Harvest
Ridge to Reef Farm serves the US Virgin Islands with certified organic produce grown with sustainable permaculture practices (and a lot of love).