What is Mammey Apple?

Mmamey apple which is also called mammee apple or Santo Domingo apricot has opposite, leathery, gland-dotted leaves and white, sweet-scented, solitary or clustered axillary flowers. The fruit of a primarily West Indian large tree (Mammea americana) of the garcinia family (Clusiaceae). Its fruit is yellow or russet in colour and grows 7–15 cm (3–6 inches) in diameter. The bitter rind encloses a sweet, aromatic flesh, which is eaten raw and used for preserves. Its one to four large, rough seeds are bitter and resinous and are used as an anti worming agent.

Health Benefits of Mammey Apple

Supports Nervous system
Lowers chance of anemia
Protect from eczema
Protect from dermatitis
Reduces Irritability
Protects from depression
Reduces Insomnia
Reduces skin peeling around nose
Helps in skin nourishment
Supports Brain Function
Reduces Heart attack risk
Improves Immune System
Improves blood circulation
Protects from muscle spasms
Improves heart rate
Normalizes blood sugar level
Helps prevent headaches
Vision improvement
Controls and protects from any viral infections
Reduces chances of Nyctalopia i.e., night blindness
Protects cells from oxygen damage
Improves skin around eyes
Reduces fissured tongue and cracks

Uses of Mammey Apple

The pulp is often eaten fresh out of hand, or used in dishes such as salads. The flesh is also boiled or cooked, often with sugar, cream and/or wine to enhance flavor. Fruits are also used in ice creams, drinks, preserves and other dessert concoctions.

Pies or tarts: Sliced mamey pulp may also be cooked in pies or tarts, and may be seasoned with cinnamon or ginger.

Frozen sherbet: Fresh pulp, blended with sugar, is made in to frozen sherbet in Dominican Republic.Ade: The juice or syrup of stewed flesh, is seasoned along with sugar and lemon juice to make “ade”.


Jelly: Slightly under-ripe fruits, rich in pectin, are made into jelly.

Kolashanpan: Mamey flavored carbonated drink called kolashanpan is made from Mammee apple which is considered as the national soda in El Salvador.

Aromatic liqueur: Flowers are distilled to make an aromatic liqueur, Eau de Créole, or Crème de Créole in French West Indies

Salads: Pulp from ripe fruit can be consumed plain along with dash of lime or lemon juice and sugar, or served with cream and sugar or wine, in fruit salads and many more.Toddy: Wine is processed from the fruit and fermented “toddy” from the sap of the tree in Brazil.

Pulp is steeped in wine and sugar for a while prior to consumption in Jamaica.

Jam: Pulp is steeped in salt water just before cooking with much sugar to prepare a kind of jam in Bahamas.Nutritional value of Mammey Apple

– Protein
– Calcium
– Iron (Good amount)
– Magnesium (Good amount)
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Sodium
– Zinc

— Vitamin A (Good amount)
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin (Good amount)
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine (Good amount)
– Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid (Good amount)
– Vitamin C (Extreme amount)
– Copper (Good amount)
– Selenium
– Natural Fats
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Carbohydrates (Good amount)
– Dietary Fiber (Extreme amount)
– Calories (Good amount)