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Meet the jinicuil, a very healthy Mexican fruit

26 mayo, 2021

It is very worth knowing the jinicuil! This is a green pod-shaped fruit that belongs to the legume family.

It can measure up to 30 centimeters and inside it has oval-shaped green seeds, very similar to beans, surrounded by a kind of downy or velvety cotton.

If you still do not know it, we invite you to know all its beneficial properties for health, so that the next time you go to the market, you will bring a good portion of this fruit. Take note!

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Jinicuil benefits


Find jinicuil in popular markets. (Photo: Getty Images)

Properties: it is rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and ascorbic acid, which endows it with the following benefits:

  • It is healing, ideal for repairing tissues in cases of wounds and scrapes, as well as helping in the treatment of other skin problems.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties help in the treatment of arthritis.
  • It is used in the treatment of respiratory disorders.
  • Helps people with poor nutrition or anemia problems.
  • Supports the control of high blood pressure.
  • Finally, it improves and promotes sexual potency.

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Some curiosities

  • It is also known as cuajinicuil, and its name means “crooked foot tree”.
  • In many places its consumption is not edible, but is used as an ornamental plant.
  • It is also used as a protective plant for other crops: it serves as a shade and barrier for coffee and orange plantations.
  • In Oaxaca, the seeds are usually cooked with beans and amaranth leaves.
  • On the other hand, in Veracruz, they are mixed with ground corn to make a vanilla-scented atole.

Cooking tip: Is this the first time you are going to try jinicuil? We recommend you toast the seeds with a little salt and prepare a delicious snack. It is really delicious!

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