Mamey is a common fruit found all supermarkets all around Mexico. Available spring to fall, mamey is a medium sized fruit with a brownish bark colored exterior. Inside, the fruit is salmon color of soft meat. The fruit has a very distinctive flavor which is delicate, yet with a hint of baking spices such as vanilla or nutmeg, with an undertone or pumpkin or apricot.
The large pit or seed inside is sometimes boiled with herbs to flavor mole, a salsa or sauce used on a variety of Mexican dishes. The seed, however, should never be consumed raw.
The fruit, which is most commonly eaten raw, can also be used for things such as making ice cream or batidos, cold drinks.