Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Mamey apple (Mammea americana L.).

Abstract

Mamey apple is mainly eaten raw in fruit salads or made into jellies or ice cream. The fruit is highly perishable which limits its shelf life and transport. The use of low temperatures for its handling and storage is limited because the fruit is sensitive to chilling injury. Therefore, other preservation techniques may represent better options. Very little research has been done on the postharvest physiology and handling of the fruit. Controlled and/or modified atmospheres may be required in order to extend its storage life. In fact, more research on mamey apple is needed in almost all aspects of postharvest physiology and technology. A recent scientific study has found mamey apple to have protective effects on gastric ulcers, using an animal model. Further research on its health benefits would also be beneficial.