POUTERIA SAPOTA - Mamey Sapote, Mamey Colorado
A large-leaved, spreading, large tree from Central America, it is considered by Cubans to produce the best fruit in the world. This egg-shaped fruit is 3-6" long (some varieties are larger) with a brown, scruffy surface. A woody cover encloses the pulp and one large seed. The flesh is fine and reddish, sweet in some varieties and insipid in others. The fruit is picked when the layer under the skin is brown (not green), but the fruit is still hard. It is used fresh, in milk shakes and ice cream. Cold tender when young, it attains more hardiness as it ages.