- From the Nahuatl, tetzontzapotl, which means tezontle-colored [a reddish volcanic stone] sapote
- Its seed is used to prepare traditional beverages made from cacao, such as tejate (a refreshing corn-cacao drink).
The mamey is a plant originally from Mexico and northern South America. Its fruit is known as a species of the Sapotaceae family.
The mamey tree grows from 15 to 45 meters tall. Its leaves are elliptical to round, while its flowers are pink. The oval-shaped fruit has a brown skin with orange pulp.
The red mamey, red sapote, or mamey sapote is related to the chicozapote (sapodilla), the fruit that grows on the chicle tree or latex tree.
Mamey has high levels of vitamin A, calcium, iron, and phosphorous.
One of the classic ways of serving mamey is as dulce de platón (a pudding-like sweet), a dish that was particularly popular during the viceregal period, when it was often prepared in convents. It is also frequently found in sherbets, popsicles, and milkshakes
- The mamey tree can reach heights of 45 meters.
- The seed from the mamey fruit is known as pixtle in some places and it is used in fabric and hair dye.
- The oil obtained from the mamey seed can be used as a hair polish.
- Other products that can be obtained from the mamey tree are pistol butts, billiard cues, fine furniture, windows, and stairs.
- Mexico is ranked first among mamey producers in the world.