Mamey Sapote (Pouteria sapota)
Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is native to the seasonally dry forests of Mexico and Central America. It was widely distributed in Central America before Columbus and introduced to the Caribbean, South America, and Asia.
The mamey sapote grows into a
handsome, open tree with a thick central trunk and a few large limbs. The
fruit is a large, shaped like a football, varying in length from 6-9 inches
depending of the cultivar. The skin is thick and woody with a russet
brown scruffy surface. The pulp of a mature fruit is salmon pink to red,
soft and smooth in texture. The flavor is a sweet, almond like, unique
flavor. The fruit will weigh from 1 to 6 pounds.
The mamey sapote is usually eaten
fresh by hand or to make milkshakes or ice cream. It is also excellent
for use in jellies, pastes and conserves.
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