The pulp has a sweet, almond-like, unique flavor.
Different cultivars produce at different times of the year and planting of 3-4 cultivars may suffice to have mature fruit year-round (e.g., 'Tazumal', 'Pace', 'Magana', and 'Pantin'):
- Tazumal, season Jan.-Feb., Good flavor, Medium tree, High yield
- Pace, season Mar.-Apr., Excellent flavor, Tall tree, High yield, Precocious!
- 'Magana' - season April-May, Good flavor, Small/slow growing tree, High yield. Precocious!
- 'Pantin' (Key West), season July-Aug, Excellent flavor, Tall tree, Medium yield
- 'Abuelo', season Oct.-Nov., Excellent flavor, Spreading tree, Medium flavor
- Florida', season Mar.-Apr., Good flavor, Tall tree, High yield
In Florida, there are two main varieties:
- winter mamey - Magana
- summer mamey - Pantin/Key West
Tazumal is the most productive variety but the fruit is small, although numerous. Here is a scientific paper from University of Puerto Rico comparing the top 4 commercial cultivars: http://buff.ly/2sfNfnI. They all reached their commercial potential in terms of production by year 5 after planting.
Many of the newer Mamey sapote varieties were developed by Pablo Lara at Lara Farms in Homestead. If you go, the nursery is cash only. Here is the info: http://www.larafarms.com
Lara Farms will have Tazumal and Viejo for sale after September 2017.
Mamey Sapote with The Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida (video):
How to tell when a Mamey Sapote is ripe:
FC30/MG331: Mamey Sapote Growing in the Florida Home Landscape http://buff.ly/2ncz1RF
'Pace' Mamey Sapote http://buff.ly/2mk8XH2
The Mamey Sapote in South Florida http://buff.ly/2mkdOru
Pouteria sapota, Mamey, Mamey Sapote - http://buff.ly/2mjYEmi
Mamey Sapote http://buff.ly/2mki8Hn
Yield and Fruit Quality Traits of Mamey Sapote Cultivars Grown at Two Locations in Puerto Rico http://buff.ly/2sfNfnI