Mamey In All Its Glorious Forms

Once upon a time there was a scruffy, egg-shaped fruit whose sweet and mushy interior suggested an unlikely union of yam and avocado. The giant, oblong seed of this fruit was nestled into a pot of deceased African daisies in Queens, whence sprung, miraculously, a mamey plant.

mamey plant

I believe in miracles

Mamey (full name: Mamey sapote) is native to Central America and is used primarily for milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream, and other frozen delights.

But why, you ask?

This is because the flesh of the mamey is extremely smooth and creamy — like an avocado. The first time I tried it, I was certain that it contained no less than 20g of fat. I was wrong — mamey is in fact almost entirely fat-free!

mamey inside

The rich texture and innocuously sweet flavor of mamey make it a great choice for smoothies and milkshakes. Just as avocado is used in Latin America for sweet blended drinks, mamey can be pulsed with milk and other fruits to provide a creamy, lower-calorie alternative.

mamey pulp and ice cream

Obsessed much?

This particular ice cream, for the record, is not tasty — perhaps because it is low-fat.

mamey ice cream

Freezer-burn not included

Still, if you can get your hands on any form of mamey, I highly recommend that you give it a whirl. In your blender. Ha. Ha.

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4 Responses to Mamey In All Its Glorious Forms

  1. Enrico Basta says:

    Is there anything more forlorn than old, freezer-burned ice cream? You never throw it away because, hey, it’s ice cream–maybe someday you’ll be desperate enough to eat it. But you never are. *sigh* All it does is sit there and remind you that, somewhere, there is good ice cream. But you don’t have any.

    love your site, by the way, Ms. Pantry, or InTrePan or whatever you like to be called 🙂

    Enrico

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  2. chef mimi says:

    wow. I have never heard of this fruit. And I’m not sure I want to try it!

    Liked by 1 person

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