• 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.

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Nutricional Value: 

Mamey has high levels of vitamin A, calcium, iron, and phosphorous.

Preparation: 

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

Basic Facts: 
  • 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.
Regions: 
These are the states with the highest mamey production during 2014:
1. Yucatán
2. Sinaloa
Season: 
The best fruit are harvested between December and March.
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Moderate Production

Abundant Production