My new favorite fruit

Mamey sapote

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How to read a taxoboxMamey Sapote

The mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is a species of tree that is native to southern Mexico and northern South America. The tree is cultivated in Central America, the Caribbean, and South Florida for its fruit, which is commonly eaten in many Latin American countries and widely enjoyed by Cubans living in Cuba and South Florida. Mamey sapote is a large and highly ornamental evergreen tree that can reach a height of 15 to 45 meters (60 to 140 feet) at maturity. Like most fruit trees, it is mainly propagated by grafting, which ensures that the new plant has the same characteristics as the parent, especially its fruit. It is also considerably faster than growing trees by seed. The fruit is about 10 to 25 cm (4 to 10 inches) long and 8 to 12 cm (3 to 5 inches) wide and has orange flesh. [1] [2] [3]

The fruit is eaten raw out of hand or made into milkshakes, smoothies, and ice cream. The fruit’s flavor is variously described as similar to pumpkin, a combination of pumpkin, chocolate and almond, or a mixture of sweet potato, avocado, and honey. Some consider the fruit an aphrodisiac.

The brown skin is somewhat between sandpaper and the fuzz in a peach. The fruit’s texture is creamy and sweet. To tell when a mamey sapote is ripe, peel off a fleck of the skin to see if it is pink underneath. The flesh should give slightly, as with a ripe kiwifruit.

The mamey sapote is related to other sapotes such as the abiu and canistel but unrelated to the black sapote and white sapote. It should not be confused with the Mammee apple.

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