Nature’s Kitchen at Brisbane’s Farmers Markets: Mamey Sapote

Mamey Sapote Fruit

For the last few weekends, David and I have been visiting the Brisbane Farmer’s Markets. We have visited the Jan Powers Markets and stumbled across the West End’s Davies Park Markets by chance. Both markets offered more than we could have hoped for. But what I will keep going back for is the organic fruit and vege… oh and maybe the vegan falafel.

However, there is one particular stall at the Jan Powers Markets that offers produce grown to classical music. They also have a stall at the Davies Park Markets. It was here that I found the mother of all fruits; the mamey. This stallholder is none other than the Byron Bay Green Effect.

Seeing its unfamiliar shape and colour we had to stop and ask… “What is this fruit?”. It was relatively new to the stallholder too, he had only tasted it himself earlier that week. Apparently, the mamey can be on the tree for a year before it is ripe to pick. And even then you should wait until the flesh is soft (like an avocado) before eating. Our stallholder couldn’t quite put a label on how the mamey tasted, but his advice was to enjoy it with a squeeze of fresh lime.

Dessert Fit for Gods

Part of the sapote family, the mamey tree originates from Central America and is often used with other ingredients to make milkshakes, smoothies or ice-cream. Upon first taste, I was unsure exactly what it tasted like, but the softer flesh towards the leathery skin tasted sweet and similar to marzipan. No wonder it makes for a great addition to ice-cream or milkshakes.

I devoured half of this fruit at lunch time and found it to be the most indulgent lunch experience I’ve had in a long time. The flavour was not delicate. It was subtle at first but became intensely sweet and lingered in the mouth for some time before my taste buds insisted on more. It’s moreish.

Mamey Nutritional Info

I’ve read that mamey is rich in fibre, potassium and antioxidants. From what I can tell the most significant data in the nutritional profile is that it’s highest in vitamins B6 and C. It’s also quite high in sugars when compared to other fruits.

I wouldn’t write it off as a health food but I would definitely eat it more as a treat than a source of nutrition. You can get more than double the amount of Vitamin C in an orange or papaya (for less than half the sugar).

Byron Bay Green Effect

I had never eaten a raw ear of corn until I stopped by Byron Bay Green Effect stall at the Powerhouse Markets. The cucumbers are crunchy, the corn is creamy, the courgette (zucchini) is the best I’ve tasted in Australia and don’t even let me start on how superior the aubergines (eggplants) taste in comparison to the store bought variety.

David and Michelle from Byron Bay Green Effect grow organic and poison free produce. Their produce is grown in rich, fertile soil while listening to classical music. Only organic fungicide/pesticides are used.

Where to find Mamey from the Byron Bay Green Effect

Jan Powers Markets, Brisbane Powerhouse: 6am – 12pm Every Saturday

Davies Park Markets: 6am – 2pm Every Saturday (Off Montague Road, at the end of Jane Street)
On-site car parking is available for $3.00. Street parking is free if you arrive early or don’t mind a short walk.

Eating Mamey Fruit


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