The Mamey fruit
I bought a nice, large Mamey on Friday and this morning it was completely ripe. I've been wanting to try this tropical fruit for a long time. The flesh is the brightest orange, with a texture not unlike cooked sweet potato. Good flavor but cloyingly sweet; a squeeze of lime helped. It's a large fruit and I knew I wouldn't eat the whole thing as it was, but added to my breakfast smoothie with a banana, yogurt and some O.J., it was perfect! The color is gorgeous, too.
Hey there from Mexico. I live here pretty much full time now. I am in Morelos and here they sell them by the road when in season. I can get 3 good sized ones (at about 1lb each) for $2.50 US. I know how to pick them out. I like my mamey firm, I don't want them when they are too soft. I buy them when there is a tiny give when squeezed, and eat them in the next day or two. I eat them pure, like most of us do here. Here it is treated like any other fruit. And if you are dragging a few around with you, you just grab each side of the fruit with your hands in a firm grip and pull, and it will pull apart in half. The outside skin is like a cross between a coconut (it feels and has dust like cardboard) and a brown pear. You have to watch out for pests in them, so you look for fruit that is firm and without blemishes. It takes a Mamey tree about 100 years to become totally mature. In the past it took 20 years for a tree to bear fruit. Today you can expect them to start at about 5 years. It is a super slow growing tree. I have a few on my ranch and they are only about 1 meter tall and have been there a couple of years now... It is my favorite fruit and I can be posioned by them! hehe, my husband is Latino and he knows this and brings them home to me because he knows I am nuts about them (or he wants to kill me tee hee). I have made liquados with them, but not often, we eat them pure (the best way)....The color of the meat is not always the best indication of a good fruit either, I have had pale orange/pink ones that when cut you are disappointed in, but after trying them they are as tasty as the wild hot pink/flourencent orange ones that are the most common color....so before passing judgement you have to try them. About 1 out of 4 turn out bad and those you just throw away. When you bite into them the meat needs to be firm like biting a cooked yam. Firm but keeps its shape perfectly. I would never put anything on them, they are the perfect fruit the way they are.
How interesting about the seed. I have never known what to do to them other than plant them, the seeds measure the length of the fruit, most are about 6" long, if it is a small one, well 2". The biggest Mamey I have had was about 10" long and about 8" wide, it had 4 huge seeds, but was so good. I am going to have to check out what and how they grind the seeds for Mole. That is very different and something I hadn't heard of. I cook all types of mexican food from scratch and that one is new to me.
Here we also have ice cream. But the ice cream here is not made with cream or egg based. I think if someone would do that it would be the food of GODS! I am going to have to try that one out!
Mamey is delicious in any way. It's great on it's own, fresh from the flesh, although it's pretty hard to pick a perfectly ripe one and help from a fruit seller/connoiseur is inevitable.
In case you pick a not-so-great one you can always make it into mousse (re: eat nopal) or ice cream! Mamey ice cream is part of EVERY paleteria or mexican ice cream shop's menu.
Not many people eat Mamey straight in Mexico... its usually a licuado or helado. Here are some other forms of consuming it:
Flan de Mamey http://www.huertasmagana.com.mx/index...
Mamey also has two Mole applications... sometimes added roasted, boiled or raw to Manchamanteles mole (along with pork, plantains & other fruits).
The 2nd involves the seed.... after several prepartory steps, its ground and used as the base for Moles around Tlaxcala & Puebla (recipe is in Kennedy's "My Mexico)
I love mameys and eat them often when visiting relatives in Mexico City. I have seen them in our local stores but the price is out of sight. Around $5/lb and a mamey can weigh 2-3 pounds. I picked one up at the local produce depot not long back. Just fantastic. Soft, creamy and sweet
I bought a couple of mameys in Havana a few years back, in one of the local markets. Your description is very accurate! I also found it a bit sweet. I was also intrigued by a hint of spice, in particular cinnamon. Very beautiful fruit, I love that orange colour. Bet it would make a nice ice cream flavour.