Icacos Fruit or Chrysobalanus Icaco
The fruit has a sweet and somewhat bitter taste to it. They can be red, white, yellow or blue but the Icacos fruit on Icacos Island tend to be lighter in color. The most common method for preparation is to turn the berries in jams or jellies but people also extract the oil from the seed of the Icacos fruit and use it for heating oil or cooking oil. You don't need to prepare it any special way if you just want to taste it. Simply peel and eat!
Icacos Island in Fajardo Puerto Rico is home to a small shrub that produces a fairly rare type of fruit called the Icacos Fruit or Chrysobalanus Icaco. The Icacos Fruit is an edible berry also known as the Cocoplum, paradise plum, or simply the icaco that is mainly found around the Caribbean, but not many other places. Take a water taxi to Icacos Island and check them out!
The Icacos fruit plant is extremely hearty and can withstand the windy conditions found on remote islands and it can also thrive in conditions with water containing high salt content. On Icacos Island, you don't have to travel far to get a sample. These plants help form the vegetation line on the west side of the island which is where most people relax for the day.
Icacos Fruit Jelly Recipe
1 Large pot
Enough Icacos fruit to fill up the pot (or make as much jelly as you'd like)
1/2 cup of brown sugar per 2 cups of Icaocs fruit (add more sugar to taste)
Fill a the large pot with Icacos berries and add water until all the berries are covered. Add the brown sugar and then start to boil. Once the mixture is boiling, turn the heat down and allow the pot to simmer several hours. Add some cinnamon sticks or other spices. Before long you'll have some jelly!