Featured Ingredient — By Ben on 06 September 2008
Mamey

Here’s another fruit I grew up with that haven’t seen very often in the U.S., mamey. What is mamey?  it is a fruit the size of a big potato with a hard, leathery, brown skin that grows in big trees (some of them reach 40 feet high). The flesh of the fruit is pink/salmon in color and creamy. If you ask me I would say that it is a sweeter version of avocado, but some people say that it tastes like  pumpkin, only richer and sweeter. 

How do people eat mamey? Although it is original to southeast Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, I don’t remember it being very popular in Mexico City. The most common way to eat mamey there, that I remember, is in milkshakes and ice creams. However, I’ve read that many people eat it raw out of hand. I personally don’t like it very much like that, but I love mamey milkshakes. The smell and flavor of a mamey milkshake is a very delicious experience. 

Yesterday when I was at the Mexican market, a very familiar and delicious aroma that filled my noistrils guided me to where this guy was waiting for me. I knew I wanted to make a milkshake and maybe a gelato with it, but I eneded up using half of it in a cake. I was in the mood to bake a cake and and the result was amazing. I will post the recipe later this coming the week along with whaever else I decide to use the other half of my mamey in. But for now enjoy this beatiful view.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(32) Readers Comments

  1. What an interesting fruit! I’ll have to check out the Mexican markets to see if I can find one. But with my luck, I’ll probably be allergic to it. :-(

  2. First time I’ve heard of it. There are so many things in this world we do not know of. Isn’t this strange? Thanks for letting us know Ben.

  3. Hola Ben! Mi primera vez también. I never saw, ate, tasted it. I wish we could cybertaste and cybersmell… maybe one day that will be possible ;D I’ll keep tunned to see what you come out with your mamey!

  4. Sorry Ben..but I keep singing “mamey..how I love ya, how I love ya, my dear old mamey”..haha

  5. Ben I’ve never heard of it, love the colour tho & it does look like an avacado. looking forward to seeing what you make with it! oh & now I keep singing mamey too ;)

  6. Looking forward to seeing that mamey cake and wishing I could taste it.
    Maryann – glad you enjoyed your little song (it made me laugh), but it’s pronounced Mam-A (hard A).

  7. wow, thanks for introducing me to something new

  8. I just purchased some frozen Mamey. I like saying that. I have never tasted it.
    Its funny this commenter named Ben said he was swinging through and would I like to meet on Monday. You are the only Ben I know. When I clicked on the link the profile was blocked. Sorry for the confusion.

  9. Oh Mamey is a fruit… I was thinking we were going to talk about moms today :) Thanks for the quick fruit lesson. I’ve never seen one of those in the US, but I’d be willing to try it, especially in a milkshake form. Milk shake anything tastes awesome.

  10. That is so cool – never heard of it before! I’ll have to check out our Mexican markets, because if it’s in season in Columbus, I’m guessing it’s here in Ann Arbor, too.

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