Mamey: everything you need to know

The mamey is a fruit tree that belongs to the Clusiaceae family , it has a tropical climate and we can find it throughout South and Central America. It is characterized by being a perennial tree that bears a berry-shaped fruit that has a sweet and pleasant flavor.

The mamey tree is not only identified by its fruit but also by its height and beautiful appearance, which can also serve as an ornamental plant, thus adorning parks, roads, highways and homes.


Characteristics of the mamey

The mamey is a tall tree, it grows slowly and has a long life, it can reach 50 meters, its leaves are large and together with its branches they create dense and lush foliage. It has a strong and durable showy wood that is used to make furniture.

Its fruit of the same name has a brown exterior with a rough texture, the pulp is juicy, smooth, orange to reddish in color on the inside and has a sweet flavor.

It can reach a size of approximately 25 cm. Its shape can be elongated, similar to an ellipse and in some cases round.

Its seed is large and oval black, in some cases it can contain more than one, the size of this seed can be up to 10 cm

Mamey properties

antibiotic. This fruit serves us as an antibiotic, since it helps us fight different diseases, thanks to its contribution of vitamins A and C.

The skin and the vision. It improves visual health and helps with skin problems as it contains beta carotene, lutein and tannins.

antioxidant. The vitamin C contained in this fruit gives us antioxidant properties, providing collagen which helps us prevent aging.

Astringent and bactericidal. The tannins contained in the mamey, in addition to improving our skin and vision, also help eliminate bacteria and have a healing effect.

Respiratory conditions. The mamey seed is used to treat respiratory problems such as: bronchitis, asthma and cough.

Stomach problems. Its astringent properties help reduce the symptoms of diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

Protects the digestive mucous membranes.  The beta-carotene content of its pulp is effective in treating heartburn, ulcers, and gastritis.

Insecticide. The green husk is effective in eliminating insects in animals and humans.

High blood pressure and diabetes. An infusion prepared with the bark of this tree lowers blood glucose and high blood pressure.

Mamey cultivation

  • It is sensitive to extreme environments such as frost and drought, so its cultivation must be carried out in intermediate climates.
  • The soil for its cultivation must have an excellent content of organic matter, they must be drained soils and with a content of sand and clay necessary for the good development of the tree.
  • It should be watered frequently but moderately, since a lot of water accumulation in its roots can damage the tree.
  • Its propagation can be through the germination of the seeds or by grafting, the seeds must be fresh obtained directly from the fruit. The grafts help a faster propagation of the species, if you want to market, this is the most recommended method.
  • The harvest can be done after 7 years of planting the tree, when the fruit is ripe.


  • The fruit should not be harvested when it is not ripe as it is toxic.
  • For its commercialization, the fruits must be harvested about 5 days before so that after those days they are fit for consumption.
  • Being a large tree, it is recommended to plant it to provide shade and as an ornamental tree.

Recipe with mamey

Mamey in syrup

  • 3 mature mamey
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • Lower leg
  • Agua
  • Lemon

Peel and remove the seed from the mamey, take its pulp, cut it and cook it in a liter of water until it softens. We cool and reserve.

In a pot we place ½ liter of water from the same one where the mamey was cooked, add the sugar and let cook until a soft syrup forms (approximately 5 minutes of cooking), add the mamey and cinnamon and let cook until we have a consistency of medium syrup, to avoid crystallization we must place a few drops of lemon.

After approximately 10 minutes of cooking, remove from heat, let cool and store in sterilized glass jars.

side effects of mamey

  • Excessive fruit pulp can cause constipation.
  • Consumption of the seed can cause poisoning and spontaneous abortion.
  • May cause allergies in children.


The skin of the fruit and the seeds are toxic and should not be consumed.

Pregnant women, lactating women and children should avoid its consumption.

People with hypotension should consult their doctor before consuming mamey infusions.


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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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