Physical Description

Type Information

Isolectotype for Calospermum mammosum var. ovoidea Pierre
Catalog Number: US 403411
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: ; Status verified from secondary sources
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): P. Sintenis
Year Collected: 1887
Locality: Prope Utuado circa Hacienda Guano., Puerto Rico, West Indies
  • Isolectotype: Pierre, J. B. L. 1891. Notes Bot. Sapot. 13.; Pennington, T. D. 1990. Fl. Neotrop. 52: 494.
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Isotype for Calocarpum huastecanum Gilly
Catalog Number: US 2557295
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Verified from the card file of type specimens
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): C. Gilly & H. Rickett
Locality: E of Monserrat, Mexico, Central America
  • Isotype: Gilly, C. L. 1944. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 71: 659.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pouteria sapota

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Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Pouteria sapota

Sapote, mamey, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy520 kJ (120 kcal)
32.1 g
Sugars20.14 g
Dietary fiber5.4 g
0.46 g
1.45 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1)
(1%)
0.013 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
(10%)
0.116 mg
Niacin (B3)
(10%)
1.432 mg
(8%)
0.397 mg
Vitamin B6
(55%)
0.72 mg
Folate (B9)
(2%)
7 μg
Vitamin C
(28%)
23 mg
Vitamin E
(14%)
2.11 mg
Trace metals
Calcium
(2%)
18 mg
Iron
(6%)
0.78 mg
Magnesium
(3%)
11 mg
Manganese
(10%)
0.204 mg
Phosphorus
(4%)
26 mg
Potassium
(10%)
454 mg
Sodium
(0%)
7 mg
Zinc
(2%)
0.19 mg

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Pouteria sapota, mamey sapote, is a species of tree native to Central America, naturally ranging from southern Mexico to southern Costa Rica. Today, the tree is cultivated not only in Mexico, but also in Central America, the Caribbean, and South Florida for its fruit, which is commonly eaten in many Latin American countries. It has different names depending on the country: mamey, zapote colorado (Costa Rica), níspero and zapote rojo (South America), among others.

Description[edit]

A cluster of Pouteria sapota leaves
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Mamey sapote is a large and highly ornamental evergreen tree that can reach a height of 15 to 45 meters (60 to 140 feet) at maturity. Like most fruit trees, it is mainly propagated by grafting, which ensures the new plant has the same characteristics as the parent, especially its fruit. It is also considerably faster than growing trees by seed.

The leaves are pointed at both ends, 4 to 12 inches in length and grow in clusters at the ends of branches.

The fruit is about 10 to 25 cm (4 to 10 inches) long and 8 to 12 cm (3 to 5 inches) wide and has flesh ranging in color from pink to orange to red. The brown skin has a texture somewhat between sandpaper and the fuzz on a peach. The fruit's texture is creamy and soft. A mamey sapote is ripe when the flesh is pink when a fleck of the skin is removed. The flesh should give slightly, as with a ripe kiwifruit.

The mamey sapote is related to other sapotes such as sapodilla (Manilkara zapota), abiu (P. caimito) and canistel (P. campechiana), but unrelated to the black sapote (Diospyros digyna) and white sapote (Casimiroa edulis).[2] It should not be confused with the mammee apple (Mammea americana).

Mammea americana, a similar-looking but unrelated fruit.

Uses[edit]

The fruit is eaten raw or made into milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream and fruit bars. It can be used to produce marmalade and jelly.[3] Some consider the fruit to be an aphrodisiac.[citation needed] Some beauty products use oil pressed from the seed,[4] otherwise known as sapayul oil.[5]

Nutrition[edit]

The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C, and is a good source of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin E, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber. Research has identified several new carotenoids from the ripe fruit.[6][7]

Synonyms[1][edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Plant List". 
  2. ^ Boning, Charles R. (2006). Florida’s Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs, and Vines. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. p. 139. ISBN 1561643726. 
  3. ^ Jamieson, G. S.; McKinney, R. S. (1931). "Sapote (mammy apple) seed and oil". Oil & Fat Industries 8: 255. doi:10.1007/BF02574575. 
  4. ^ Molly Chadwick (11 January 2011). "Emerald Forest® Botanical Hair Care With Rainforest Sapayul Commits to More Natural Products With Introduction of Paraben Free Shampoos And Conditioners". Encinitas, CA: PRWEB. Retrieved 29 August 2014. "Sapayul oil comes from the seeds of Sapote, a fruit indigenous to the Central American rainforests and an ancient Mayan secret for beautiful, soft, and shiny hair." 
  5. ^ Anita Grant (14 December 2006). "Organic Sapote Seed Oil (inci: Pouteria Sapota, Zapote, Mamey Sapote, Zapayul, Sapayul)". anitagrant.com's photostream. Flickr. Retrieved 25 August 2011. "Organic Sapote Seed Oil (inci: Pouteria Sapota, Zapote, Mamey Sapote, Zapayul, Sapayul)" 
  6. ^ Murillo E, McLean R, Britton G, Agócs A, Nagy V, Deli J (2011). "Sapotexanthin, an A-provitamin carotenoid from red mamey (Pouteria sapota).". J Nat Prod. 74 (2): 283–5. doi:10.1021/np1006982. PMID 21214217. 
  7. ^ Gulyás-Fekete G, Murillo E, Kurtán T, Papp T, Illyés TZ, Drahos L, Visy J, Agócs A, Turcsi E, Deli J (2013). "Cryptocapsinepoxide-Type Carotenoids from Red Mamey, Pouteria sapota.". J Nat Prod. 76 (4): 607–14. doi:10.1021/np3007827. PMID 23451823. 
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