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Mamey Apple

Mammea americana

a.k.a. Mammee, Mamey de Santo Domingo, Abricote, Abricot d'Amerique

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.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Mamey Apple. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2013.

Description

A medium to large sized tree, sometimes up to 75ft high.

Hardiness

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.

Growing Environment

Grow in full sun. Water regularly. Its soil requirements are few, and trees often grow in a variety of soil types and depths.

Propagation

Usually by seeds, which take up to 2 months to germinate. Seedling trees bear in 6-10 years. Cuttings and grafting are occasionally employed.

Uses

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 Range

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.

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