On a hot day in another neighborhood, a double line of traffic at a long light might be an opportunity to trot out bottles of water; here it was an occasion for quenepas. Stripped of its thin green rind, the quenepa (keh-Nay-pah) reveals a pulpy mass that smacks of sweet lime and banana. Worked around in the mouth, it offers precious little juice and a rather large pit.
Buy quenepas for the road, and ultimately you'll be left with a bagful of rinds and pits, and sticky fingers to boot. If not refreshed, at least you'll have a good grip on the wheel.
Roving quenepa vendor
East Flatbush, Brooklyn