The Jocote is a native fruit from Guatemala, it belongs to the Anacardiaceae family.
The cultivation of this fruit has spread throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Jocote is a very sweet fruit, it is usually consumed fresh, cooked as a dessert, used in natural drinks, or preserves and syrups.
The word Jocote, comes from the Nahuatl word “xocotl” meaning “fruit”.
There are differents species of Jocote; in Guatemala you can find, jocote de corona (the sweetest of all), jocote amarillo (great to prepare the Guatemalan famous dessert “jocotes en miel”) and jocote tronador (thresher) because of the noise it makes when you bite it, this last one is a little spicy.
There is a town named after this fruit, “Jocotenango” which means “place of many jocotes.” Jocotenango is a small municipality situated north of La Antigua Guatemala and was initially an agricultural area, set up after the Spanish conquest by Pedro de Alvarado.