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Mystery fruit!

Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

A fellow I know showed up at the beach and was over there cutting up what I thought was a small canteloupe. I looked more intently, and realized it had a pit, like a mango. But it certainly wasn't a mango. I barged over and asked for the seed after being given a bit of the delicious fruit, YUM, sort of a mix of mango and pumpkin pie, with a trace of tropical perfume.

The skin was almost woody, smooth and light brown. The man said you must 'peel it twice' because the inner sheath is poisonous. I'd eaten a bit and was ok, anyhow, just a little bit. The fruit was smooth, with no fiber, and ripe pumpkin colored. He aid the name, something like mauby, but upon questioning, didn't really know how to spell it.

Here's the pit, which I planted this morning. Any one recognize this?

Thumbnail by Molamola
La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

These may be a possibility:
The second link is the most likely link.
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/mamey_apple.htm
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/mamey_sapote.htm
I found a better description:
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/mamey.html
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/south_american_sapote.htm
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/breadnut.htm
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/membangan.htm
I only went through the "M"s. Here's the link to the entire site:
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/fruitscommon.htm

This message was edited Jun 23, 2009 8:30 AM

Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

Thanks! It's the Mamey Sapote. Now, is that sapotee or just sapote? haha. Sure has a nice texture and flavor.

Miami, FL

It is Mammea americana (botanical name). There is a huge tree growing in Fairchild Garden.

Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

The fruit is delicious!! I read that the tree gets to 100 feet tall, my, my. Not good in Hurricaneland.

Miami, FL

Fairchild's tree might be 100+ years old. It was on the property, along with other fruit trees, before the garden existed. It has been broken up badly during strong hurricanes. It just keeps growing back!

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