The Tejocote resembles a crab apple in size and shape. It is a winter fruit that is best known as a component in ponche, the hot fruit punch served in Mexico for Christmas and the New Year holidays.
Tejocote can be utilized as an ingredient in the fruity ice pops called paletas that have long been a popular street food in Mexico. It is also used, along with chili powder, to make sweet, spicy candies. The fruit has a few hard, brown seeds at the center.