Very popular fruit in Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Central America. It is sometimes cultivated outside of the Americas. Fruit is large, up to a foot long with orange flesh tasting somewhat like a flavorful pumpkin. Many varieties are available and the fruit is highly esteemed.
Large tree from 60-140ft.
The tree is usually too tender to fruit in California. Young trees are highly susceptible to frost.
Grow in full sun. The mamey sapote flourishes in tropical climates with rainfall above 75" a year. Trees to not take well to periods of drought and will quickly loose their leaves.
The best varieties are usually propagated by grafting. Grafted trees may bear in 1-4 years. Seedling trees take 8-10 years to fruit.
Almost always eaten fresh out of hand or used in desserts and drinks. The mamey sapote was cultivated by the native peoples of Central America for hundred of years.
Native to low elevation areas between southern Mexico and northern South America. It is now extensively cultivated in Central America, the Caribbean, and south Florida.
Satin Leaf Tree
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