It was my first time to try a local exotic fruit in Mexico City, DF. We bought it at Condesa market that Tuesday and it was one of the larger sizes we’ve bought: $30 pesos ($2.30 since 04/28/2012).
According to Wikipedia, “The mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is a species of tree native to southern Mexico. Today, the tree is cultivated not only in Mexico, but also in Central America, the Caribbean, and South Florida for its fruit, which is commonly eaten in many Latin American countries […]The fruit is eaten raw or made into milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream and fruit bars. […] The brown skin has a texture somewhat between sandpaper and the fuzz on a peach. The fruit’s texture is creamy and soft. A mamey sapote is ripe when the flesh is pink when a fleck of the skin is removed. The flesh should give slightly, as with a ripe kiwifruit.”
When I sank my teeth on the reddish-orange meat, it tasted like a roasted, soft sweet potato or yam, but at a room temperature. It was a filling local fruit, or should I call it a yummy meal? It does resemble a bit like papaya, but bigger.