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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Mamey Sapote - 'Pouteria sapota' - fam: Sapotaceae

Mamey sapote, (pouteria sapota), is a species of tree native to Mexico and Central America, naturally ranging from southern Mexico to southern Costa Rica, plus Cuba. Today, the tree is cultivated not only in Mexico, but also in Central America, the Caribbean, and South Florida for its fruit, (technically, a berry), which is commonly eaten in many Latin American countries.

Mamey sapote can be found in many Latin American communities throughout the USA, where it is made into milkshakes and ice cream among other things 1. Mamey sapote is also grown in Australia!

The fruit can spend up to a year on the tree before it ripens. Leave until soft then wait one more day for a great taste. The fruit is large and oval, to ovoid in shape, and measures between 7.5cm to 15cm in diameter, nearly 30 cms long, and weigh between 400g to 1.5kg. It has a leathery brown skin, with reddish flesh, which encloses a single large seed.

The taste is a pleasant peach-apricot flavour 2.

REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1 - Australian Tropical Foods 2


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