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    Paete's Exotic Fruit = Chico-Mamei (Mexico)/Sapote/Zapote de Carne/Sapodilla

    A fruit tree that's so reminiscent of Tutubi's childhood (besides the lanzones, santol, aratilis and guava) for his creek-side, childhood home has one tall chico-mamei tree that grew beside a caimito (star apple), indian mango, guyabano, guava and putat trees.

    Locally called mami in Paete, the mami tree of Tutubi's childood is no longer there but Tutubi still finds the fruits being sold at Paete Public Market for P20 to P30 a piece.

    A few years ago, his curious mind asked Google on the origins and uses of the fruit and tree and Google was able to answer, albeit after several attempts and keywords, that gave away the true name of the fruit, called chico-mamei in Mexico, plus medicinal uses of the chico-mamei leaves and bark.

    fruit chico mamei zapote de carne sapodilla sapotethe chico-mamei fruits with indian mangoes to give you an idea of its size plus its resemblance to chico fruits, thus the name

    fruit chico mamei zapote de carne sapodilla sapotethe chico-mamei fruit showing the big seed and the dark orange flesh

    How does chico-mamei tastes like? It's a cross between papaya and chico and chesa.

    Tutubi's mother, endearing called Sugar, loves chico-mamei even if it's a forbidden fruit for diabetics like her.

    Next time you're in Paete public market, do ask around for this fruit to sample a native American fruit exported from Mexico by the Spaniards via the Galleon trade.


    posted by GingGoy @ 9:02 PM,


    At Mar 24, 2012, 4:12:00 PM, Anonymous Monster said...

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post

    At Apr 7, 2012, 8:56:00 PM, Blogger Bright Pink Fanatic said...

    i love mamei!

    At May 30, 2012, 9:08:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

    I really wanna try this one out since i love chicos. Do you know a site where you can order this one :)? I'm from Bohol.

    At May 31, 2012, 10:04:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    g-ann, that fruit is not easy to spot in markets but somehow my mother gets hold of them. I don't know too if you can ship them else I can ship them to you ;P

    At Jun 26, 2012, 4:03:00 PM, Anonymous gandalalake2002 said...

    nice one. i'm from paete and i'm lucky my father introduced this fruit to us..

    thanks for posting.

    At Jun 26, 2012, 6:27:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    gandalalake2002, ganda lalake mga taga-paete? :P

    At Apr 20, 2013, 5:52:00 PM, Blogger Ervin Malicdem said...

    I must try this when I get to your place!


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