Mamey or Mamey Sapote was first introduced to me by a wonderful Cuban lady who used to own a local Cuban restaurant near me. She made wonderful mamey milkshakes. The mamey itself is a tropical fruit that has a very unique flavor. I have heard it described as similar to a number of different things such as peach, pumpkin, cherry, almond – none of which taste similar or really like mamey. I want to say it has an almost fruity mild chocolate taste, but you probably will disagree as much as I do with the others. You simply have to taste it. Supposedly, you can find its frozen pulp at Hispanic markets, but I have had no luck finding it. However, very occasionally, you can find it fresh. My husband found the one I used here at Your Delkab Farmers Market in Decatur, GA. It was quite large, and I got over 2 cups of puree from it even after throwing a large over ripe portion away. If you scroll down below the recipes, I have some pictures of the mamey itself, so you will know what to look for. I didn’t take a picture of the inside before I removed the fruit because part of it was over ripe to the point of not being attractive, but it looks similar to an avocado, but with orange flesh and an oblong black seed.
|a whole mamey sapote|
|This give you an idea of about how large they are.|
|about 1/4 of a mamey sapote peeled and seed removed|
|mamey sapote cut in chunks|
|mamey sapote puree|
|mamey ice cream|