Mamey milkshake anyone? This tropical fruit delicacy, also known as mamey sapote, is often a difficult commodity to find in distribution. Its unique flavor can be described as a “deliciously sweet pumpkin with berry-like and nutty overtones.” Inside, its meat/pulp is a light pink to a deep salmon color with orange-ish hues at optimal ripeness. An average-sized mamey is about the size of a large sweet potato, approximately 4–10 inches long and weighing between 10 ounces to 8 lbs. They are considered ripe when they yield slightly upon being squeezed.
J&C Tropicals carries Key West and Magaña varietals.
- Cut mamey as you would an avocado: peel the around skin and remove seeds.
- Divide pieces into halves.
- In the Caribbean, namely Cuba, mamey is typically prepared in the form of mouth-watering tropical shakes and/or daiquiris.
- Try as a zesty new addition to any fresh fruit salad!
Mamey ripens quickly at room temperature. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks and store in an air-tight container or bag.
Magaña Variety: January – June
Key West Variety: July – November
- Good source of fiber
- A little-known benefit of mamey includes giving skin a healthy glow because of the vitamins and carotenoids
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