Spanish name: Mamoncillo
Scientific name: Melicoccus bijugatus
The huaya is a large tropical tree native to the American continents. The fruit, similar to lychee, ripens in summer and is sold in bunches at farmer’s markets.
The fruit is eaten without the skin. The juice was used as a fabric dye; it produces a nice deep brown color. Each fruit has a seed that can be roasted and eaten as well.
The huaya has small, green fragrant flowers. It blossoms from the branch tips in the onset of the rainy season.
The huaya tree is also commonly planted along roadsides as an ornamental tree.
This fruit can be sweet or sour. In the southern areas of Mexico it is generally eaten with chili powder, salt, and lime. The sweet varieties are served without any condiments.