mamey sapote

Pronunciation: [mah-MAY sah-POH-tay]

Popular in the Caribbean Islands, Central America and Florida, the mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is unrelated to the black sapote and the white sapote. It's shaped like a large, pointed peach and covered with a russet-brown rind that's thick, rough and woody. The flesh, which ranges in color from salmon-pink to golden-red, is firm and smooth with a sweet flavor reminiscent of a honeyed blend of apricots and almonds. Mamey sapotes are typically available from July through October. Select fruit that has a reddish cast to the skin; store at room temperature for up to a week. Mamey sapotes are good in drinks (smoothies and cocktails), desserts and for out-of-hand eating.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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