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Mammy Fruit

Mammy or mamey, is a fruit that is native to the West Indies, South and Central America. The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C, and is a good source of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin E, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber.

 

One mammy can provide you with nearly double the amount of vitamin C you should consume per day.

 

In Mexico and Jamaica, the thick, yellow gum from the bark is melted with fat and applied to help animals get rid of fleas and ticks. The bark has strong astringent properties.

 

The fruit is eaten raw or made into milkshakes, smoothes, ice cream and fruit bars.

 

It can be used to produce marmalade and jelly. Many people assume that this is a fruit, but Mamey Apple is considered a berry instead.

 

Mamey Apple Berries can be as big as 20 cm or almost 8 inches in diameter.

 

These berries can have from one to four seeds inside of them.

 

On the outside the Mamey fruit feels rough but on the inside it is usually yellow or orange, and its texture can be juicy, crispy, firm, or tender.

 

When unripe, the fruit is hard and heavy, but its flesh slightly softens when fully ripe.

 

Beneath the skin, there is a white, dry membrane, whose taste is astringent, which adheres to the flesh.

 

The flesh is orange or yellow, not fibrous, and can have various textures (crispy or juicy, firm or tender).

 

Generally, the flesh smell is pleasant and appetizing.

 

The raw flesh can be served in fruit salads, or with wine, sugar or cream, especially in Jamaica.

 

In the Bahamas, the flesh is first put in salted water to remove its bitterness, before cooking it with much sugar to make a sort of jam. The flesh can also be consumed stewed.

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