My best friend is Angie is in Miami right now… and as soon as she told me she was going there I said: “Please, drink a Mamey Milkshake in my name…” Because God knows I crave one every time Miami is mentioned.
Mamey is a super sweet fruit reminiscing to a papaya. It’s brown and kind of hard looking on the outside yet is super red and sweet on the inside. The seed in the middle resembles a mussel. It’s a very pretty seed indeed. Some people in Puerto Rico call it sapote. I call it simply mamey because that’s how it’s known in Cuba and how I was taught to call this fruit. If you say just mamey in Puerto Rico you might often get another fruit that is similar yet not the same. Here you need to specify mamey sapote.
In Miami you can get frozen mamey pulp to make milkshakes, which makes them very accessible year-round. Fortunately and unfortunately, here in Puerto Rico you need to make them from the fresh fruit. And it’s an expensive fruit here… sometimes I have paid up to $6 for one mamey. So sometimes when I visit my family in Miami I bring a few frozen bags of pulp to indulge my mamey milkshake cravings.
¼ of the pulp of a mamey, about 1 cup of cut fruit About 1 ¼ cup of milk – I always eye-ball this, never measure 2 tbs of brown sugar A pinch of sea salt ¼ tsp vanilla powder 3 -4 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy.
A mamey milkshake is one of the ideal accompaniments to a Cuban sandwich, or course now my preferred version is the Veggie Cuban. Other appropriate accompaniments might be: a Frutabomba Milkshake or a Malta…