What Is Mamey Fruit?

Mamey fruit grows primarily in Central America and Mexico, but it also thrives in the backyards of some homes in South Florida. The fruit is football-shaped but smaller, and the exterior skin is light brown with a leathery texture.

Fruit from a mamey sapote tree has a long, shiny black seed inside. The inside flesh is an red salmon color and the pulp is aromatic, sweet and soft when ripe. Mamey is normally eaten fresh, but is sometimes used in cooked dishes as well.

Mamey sapote fruit trees were brought to Florida by exiled Cubans. In Florida, the fruit on mamey trees matures from May to September.