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Aug 25, 2008 08:03 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: moh

      The ice cream is a great idea! We have a Mexican ice pop place (paleteria) not far from me with a gazillion fruit flavors. I've never noticed mamey, but I bet they have it. Next time!

      1. re: Pat Hammond

        Pat Hammond, I am sure I have seen references to Mamey ice cream in the past, so I bet that place does have something - happy hunting!

        1. re: moh

          Yes, my paleteria did have the Mamey ice pops made with milk. DEElicious!

        2. re: Pat Hammond

          I had Mamey ice cream at Rick Bayless' Topolobampo. With a drizzle of bittersweet chocolate sauce it was a thing of wonder.

          1. re: Candy

            That sounds like a perfect combination!

      2. 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

        1. Didn't know about this fruit, thanks for sharing! I would like to try it someday too.

          1. Not many people eat Mamey straight in Mexico... its usually a licuado or helado. Here are some other forms of consuming it:

            Mamey Mousse

            Flan de Mamey

            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)

            1. 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.