Last week at Whole Foods I encountered a strange fruit called the Mamey Sapote. I saw it next to the lemons and knew it was destined for my basket. When at the check out, the cashier told me that I’d know it was ripe. “Your nose knows”, she said.
I got home and googled this weird fruit since I’d never seen it, nor heard of it before and found this gem. Robert does a good job of describing the taste of the mamey; it’s slightly sweet with a texture like a mixture between a cooked sweet potato and avocado (I added the avocado part). It has a nice bite to it, too. There’s really nothing to not like about this fruit.
The outer layer is a firm and coarse brown skin. When I bought it, the mamey was hard, but as it ripened it softened. Robert talks about how you can pick at the skin a bit to know when it’s time to cut it, but that never happened to mine so I decided it was ripe when it was soft and smelled a tad sweet.
To cut I choose the slice method, first cutting the mamey in half and then into strips. I ate it by taking bites out of the flesh of the fruit. If I had some left over, I’d make a milkshake as they do on the islands, but this fruit was so good I ate half when I first cut it and saved the rest for family.
Next time if you encounter the mamey in the store, definitely give it a try. It’s now on my list of favorite fruits.