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.