So I was walking past the fruit stand near my work today when I did a double-take and walked back. Amidst all of the bananas, peaches and apples were these little green things. They kind of looked like tiny limes, but I just had to find out. I asked the guy running the stand what they were.
“Try one,” was his reply, as he handed me one. I took it an hesitated, unsure of what to do.
“Um, just pop the whole thing in my mouth?” I asked.
“Yep,” he said. So I did. The rind split with almost surgical precision, giving way to a very thin layer of tart, slightly sweet orange flesh covering an enormous pit. It almost had the texture of a lychee, but a little chewier.
“What are they called?” I asked the guy.
“Well, I forgot the name,” he admitted. “Want some?” I bought a pound, at $2.50 not the worst investment I’ve ever made.
I brought them back to the store, where I shared them with a co-worker (the same one with whom I shared the mangosteens), who thought they were “pretty good.” In walked another co-worker, who blithely asked “Oh, you guys are eating ganepas?”
Apparently they are a popular Puerto Rican fruit, sold mostly at roadside stands — kind of like the one I bought mine at.
Update: Also seen labelled as “quenepas”.