Shari Duncan

Discovering New Flavors: The Mamey
Shari

by on Sep.25, 2010, under Fruits and Veggies, General Nutrition, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Wandering through the local farmer’s market, my husband and I sampled some Mamey for the first time.  With a surprising sweet, “meaty” flavor and texture, we took one home, anxious to try it in our daily protein smoothie! —  so glad we did.  One try and we are hooked!

What is mamey?

Also known as Mamey Sapote (or Sapote),   this tropical berry fruit is native to Southern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Southern Florida. The brown skin has a texture somewhere between sandpaper and the fuzz on a peach. The fruit’s flavor is uniquely creamy and sweet.

To tell when a mamey sapote is ripe, peel off a fleck of the skin to see if it is pink underneath. The flesh should appear salmon colored and give slightly, as with a ripe kiwi fruit.  The fruit is eaten raw out of hand or made into milkshakes or smoothies, or added to fruit salads. The fruit’s flavor is described as a combination of pumpkin, sweet potato and maraschino cherries with the texture of an avocado.  Markets often sell them while they’re still hard and underripe, so you need to set them on the counter for a few days until they yield when gently squeezed.  Peel them and remove the seeds before serving.

Health info: Mamey is believed to be an antiseptic, and is also eaten to help calm an upset stomach and treat headaches.  Some consider the fruit to be an aphrodisiac.   It is also high in vitamins A & C, potassium and dietary fiber.

NUTRITION FACTS: Per 1 cup of raw mamey:

Mamey- A tropical berry fruit.  A must try in your next power smoothie

Mamey- A tropical berry fruit. A must try in your next power smoothie

Calories 101

Total Fat  1g

Sat Fat 0.3 g

Cholesterol  0 g

Sodium  30 g

Total Carbs 24.9 g

Dietary Fiber 6 g

Protein 1 g

Calcium 21.9m g

Potassium 93.5 mg

Mamey Milkshake:  INDESCRIBABLY DELICIOUS

THIS IS A MUST TRY IN YOUR NEXT SMOOTHIE!

Slice one mamey in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

Add to blender, along with 2 scoops (Vi-shape or other protein), ½ cup almond milk (or milk of choice), ½ cup of orange juice, 4 ice cubes.

Cinnamon, Nutmeg.

Mix well until shake is uniform and soft.  Yield: one power packed smoothie.

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