Details of Mamey Fruit
Mamey fruit (Pouteria sapota} is a tropical fruit that comes from the genus pouteria and the fruit has same family with sapodilla fruit in sapotaceae family. Mamey fruit is believed to come from southern Mexico and Central America, this fruit is also cultivated in other tropical America as in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and southern Florida.
Mamey fruit has different name such as zapote rojo in South America, zapote Colorado in Costa Rica, and since the form of mamey fruit like apricot or peach fruit, the mamey fruit sometimes as well called as South America apricot.
Mamey tree is a tree that grows high in size can reach 15 meters to 45 meters. Mamey fruit shaped like apricots or peaches with large fruit size and brown color and weight can achieve the 1 lbs to 5 lbs, with a length of about 10 to 25 cm, and width of about 8 to 12 cm. When it is ripe, the meat of mamey fruit is soft and sweet to eat, with pink color until red and orange. Mamey fruit is ripe can be eaten directly, and some people also have eaten mamey fruit by mixing the ingredients of other foods such as ice cream, milkshakes, salads, fruit bars, and smoothies.
In the middle of mamey fruit there is a cavity that contains the seeds mamey, seeds mamey can not be eaten because they contain toxins, but these seeds have been used for various purposes such as for the manufacture of insecticides and mamey oil, called sapayul oil who have been exploited for human purposes such as the one one material on some beauty products. And cultivation of plants in general uses mamey seeds, but there is also the cultivation of plants by cuttings mamey.
Mamey fruits contain various nutrients that are beneficial to human health, and the nutrients found in fruit mamey among others are Vitamins A, beta carotene, vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Sodium, Dietary Fiber, Sugar, and, Protein
Mamey health benefits
– The combination of nutrients found in mamey fruit such as vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C give health benefits of mamey fruit as an antioxidant substances for the body which is useful for counteract free radicals present in the body so it can help to increase the body’s immunity against various diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart attack , and other diseases.
– Low in calories with fiber rich in fruit mamey is a good combination for those who want to avoid obesity.
– Mamey fruit is also believed to treat or minimize from variety diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, gastric reflux, bowel disease, and as an antiseptic for the body.