Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) belongs to the Sapotaceae (the Sapote family). It is a tall evergreeen tree that is native to Mexico to Central America and Cuba. This tree can reach a height of 15-45 m at maturity. The leaves are obovate to oblanceolate, glossy and dark green, ribbed by veins and clustered at the end of small branches. The small white flowers appear in the fall by the thousands, encircling the mature wood of the branches. The fruit skin is rough and dark-brown, the flesh is orange to deepred, sweet, creamy, and has a cherry-almond-like flavor. The mamey sapote is usually eaten fresh by hand or to make milkshakes or ice cream. It is also excellent for use in jellies, pastes and conserves.