This delectable tropical fruit is often a difficult commodity to find in distribution. The meat/pulp is a light pink to a deep salmon color with orangeish hues at optimal ripeness. An average-sized mamey is about the size of a large sweet potato, approximately 4 – 10 inches long; weighing between 10 ounces to 8 lbs. The flavor can be described as a “deliciously sweet pumpkin with berry-like and nutty overtones.”
In the Caribbean, namely Cuba, it is typically prepared in the form of mouth-watering, tropical shakes and/or daiquiris, and can be ordered at just about any restaurant. It is also a unique addition to any fresh fruit salad. Markets often sell them while they’re still hard and underripe. They are considered ripe when they yield slightly upon being squeezed. They should be peeled and seeds removed prior to preparation.
Names: Mamey, Mamey Sapote, Mammee.
Source: Caribbean and the United States (S. Florida).
Handling: Stored at approximately 50°F in relatively dry environment. Ripen at room temperature.
Varieties: Key West, Magaña, Patin