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.
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.
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
Not many people eat Mamey straight in Mexico... its usually a licuado or helado. Here are some other forms of consuming it:
Mamey Mousse http://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/no...
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've had it as a shake in a cuban restaurant and as an ice cream flavor in a mexican shop. Fantastic flavor. Works really well in the rich creamy milk base.