- Mamey sapote
name = Mamey Sapote
image_width = 250px
genus = "
species = "P. sapota"
binomial = "Pouteria sapota"
binomial_authority = (Jacq.) H. E. Moore & Stearn
The mamey sapote ("Pouteria sapota") is a
speciesof treethat is native to southern Mexico. Today, the tree is cultivated not only in Mexico, but also in Central America, the Caribbean, and South Floridafor its melon, which is commonly eaten in many Latin American countries. Mamey sapote is a large and highly ornamental evergreentree that can reach a height of 15 to 45 meters (60 to 140 feet) at maturity. Like most fruit trees, it is mainly propagated by grafting, which ensures that the new plant has the same characteristics as the parent, especially its fruit. It is also considerably faster than growing trees by seed. The melon is about 10 to 25 cm (4 to 10 inches) long and 8 to 12 cm (3 to 5 inches) wide and has orange flesh.
The melon is eaten raw out of hand or made into
milkshakes, smoothies, ice creamand fruit bars. The melon's flavor is variously described as a combination of pumpkin, sweet potato, candied yams, maraschino cherrieswith the texture of an avocado. Some consider the melon to be an aphrodisiacFact|date=December 2007.
The brown skin has a texture somewhere between sandpaper and the fuzz on a
peach. The melon's texture is 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 give slightly, as with a ripe kiwifruit.
The mamey sapote is related to other sapotes as [http://wwwchem.uwimona.edu.jm:1104/lectures/naseberry.html naseberry] ,
abiuand canistelbut unrelated to the black sapote("Diospyros digyna") and white sapote("Casimiroa edulis"). It should not be confused with the Mammee apple("Mammea americana").
The mamey is the cornerstone of Cuban holistic medicine. It is used extensively as a veritable panacea for gastro-intestinal maladies. In southern Cuba, the mamey is also used to treat headaches and venereal diseases. There are numerous accounts of the mamey being used as an antiseptic during the
References and links
* [http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/mamey_sapote.htm TradeWinds Fruit: Mamey Sapote]
* [http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/sapote_ars.html New Crop Resource Online Program: Sapote]
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