Chincuya (Chincua, Cabeza de Negro, Ilama)

Chincuya in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Chincuya in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Chincuya (Chincua, ilama, Cabeza de Negro, Soncuya, SincuyaAnnona purpurea

This armored ball with its hooked shaped spines, like many of its relatives, may look like a tiny green dinosaur, but in fact, it is a delicious fruit. The Chincuya fruit falls in the family of annona and is closely related to the papausa and its most well-known cousin the guanabana.

Like the guanabana, its sherbet-orange flesh is slightly fibrous and envelopes several large brown seeds inside. This delicious fruit is ultra fragrant with a bright aroma of ripe cantaloupe. 

Chincuya has hook-like spines

Chincuya has hook-like spines

Splitting open the chincuya reveals an ultra-fragrant flesh

Splitting open the chincuya reveals an ultra-fragrant flesh

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USES

• The flesh of the fruit is eaten raw. Be sure to pick out the large seeds.
• Mash the fruit, strain it and make an agua fresca
• The nectar and inner-bark are valued for their medicinal uses

FIND IT

Native to South and Central America, you will find this in some southern Mexican states such as Chiapas.