Round, brown fruit, usually 4-8" in diameter, with a deep orange flesh that is quite fragrant and in better varieties has a flavor akin to an apricot or berry.
A medium to large sized tree, sometimes up to 75ft high.
The Mamey is tropical and does not fare well in cold temperatures, surviving only a couple of degrees below freezing without major damage. Mamey's should be protected from prolonged cool or cold temperatures.
Grow in full sun. Water regularly. Its soil requirements are few, and trees often grow in a variety of soil types and depths.
Usually by seeds, which take up to 2 months to germinate. Seedling trees bear in 6-10 years. Cuttings and grafting are occasionally employed.
The pulp is often eaten fresh out of hand, or used in dishes such as salads. The flesh is also boiled or cooked, often with sugar, cream and/or wine to enhance flavor. Fruits are also used in ice creams, drinks, preserves and other dessert concoctions.
Native to the Caribbean, Central America and Northern South America. It is occasionally cultivated in these regions but is a very common dooryard tree. It is generally unknown throughout the rest of the world.