Health Benefits of Spanish Lime (genip)

Spanish lime, scientific name Melicoccus bijugatus, also called, genip, guinep and , limoncello or mamoncillo, is a fruit-bearing tree in the soapberry family Sapindaceae, native or naturalised over a wide area of the tropics including Central and South America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean, and also parts of Africa.

It is a small round fruit green and ovoid about the size of an olive with a hard skin.

Inside you’ll find a lovely luscious fruit with a jelly-like consistency, most people eat them fresh, but they can also be, made into sauces, desserts, and juice.


Spanish lime is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre.

It strengthens the immune system and prevents the reproduction of bacteria and viruses in the body.

This fruit is highly recommended to treat lung infections and urinary tract infections.

It also helps to cure insomnia and rejuvenates the nervous system.

The Spanish lime also helps keep the human body healthy by supporting bone development and preventing stomach ulcers.

Regarding virus protection, this fruit can not only relieve cold symptoms, but it can also prevent bronchitis and the flu.

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