Mamey sapote, also known as mamey colorado, or just mamey, is a member of the sapote family. They are native to Central America
Mamey sapotes have coarse brown, leathery skin. However, it is edible. They are oval in shape, pointy at one end, about 6 to 9 inches in length. Inside, the flesh is salmon colored. It has a soft, and smooth texture. In the center, there is a large, black, shiny seed. Mamey’s usually weigh from 1 to 3 pounds.
The mamey sapote is very sweet. It has a flavor similar to almond.
The mamey sapote tree (pouteria sapota), is very tall, 40 to 60 feet high. It has a thick trunk and few limbs. It produces small, white flowers, then 250 to 500 fruits a year.They are in season from June to September, and from January to April. When they are ripe, the smell like apricots and raspberries, and give to a gentle squeeze.
Mamey sapotes contain vitamins C, and A, potassium, and calcium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber.
Mamey sapotes grow in Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Florida.