The fruit of the Mamey Sapote Tree is actually a giant tropical berry. The trees are long-lived, easy to grow, and can produce hundreds of fruits each year. Not only are the Mamey Sapote Trees durable high producers, but the fruit is considered a delicacy. When ripe, the large 1 to 5 pound football-shaped fruits have beautiful orange and cream colored flesh that looks like a sunset when the fruit is sliced in half, and tastes like a creamy tropical fruit pudding.
Mamey Trees grow to heights of 25-feet and widths of between 20 and 25-feet. They have elongated green leaves that resemble mango tree leaves, but they are more heavily ribbed on their undersides. They can be grown in the ground within USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in pots in Zones 4 to 11. Mamey is the National Fruit of Cuba, and the tropical trees are considered endangered in the US, so growing one or two can even help preserve this treasured gourmet fruit producer.