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Mamey

Mammee apple

Guttiferae Mammea americana L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The mamey tree, indigenous in the West Indies and Northern South America, reaches to 60 feet in height. The leaves are oblong-obovate, up to 8 inches long, thick and glossy. Fruit is round to oblate, up to 6 inches in diameter. The skin is about 1/8 inch thick, leathery and rather rough and russetted. The juicy but firm flesh surrounds I to 4 seeds. The flesh is yellow to orange in color. It may be eaten fresh, but more commonly is cooked, as a sauce, preserves or jam. It is an important local fruit in the West Indies, and individual trees are occasionally found in South Florida.