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MAMEY ALL DAY

We’ve reached the finale of our profiles of exotic fruits and we’re closing out with a weird-looking one that Miamians know well: mamey.

Forbes once called it Miami’s best kept secret and we agree. Once you open it up and take out that big black shell in the middle, it’s pretty tasty. Some say it tastes like a sweet potato, others say it’s kinda like a carrot cake or a pumpkin pie.

It’s packed with vitamins B and C and can be enjoyed in plenty of delicious ways. Here’s the scoop on the mamey:

WHERE’D IT COME FROM? Mamey sapote originated in Cuba, the Caribbean, Central America and parts of Mexico and has become a pretty common fixture at fruit stands all over the 305.

SO HOW SHOULD I EAT THIS THING? Mamey is super popular in batidos, Cuban-style milkshakes. You can follow this recipe from the Three Guys from Miami if you wanna make one. Mamey is also great in ice cream or you can just cut the fruit open, and scoop it out with a spoon.

Sliced mamey is also good for making pies and tarts and the fruit is often made into preserves and jellies.

WHAT IF I’M FEELING REALLY ADVENTUROUS? Tap into the Mexican history of the fruit and make tejate. The so-called “drink of the gods” dates back to the ancient Aztecs and Oaxacan culture and peeling off the mamey’s black pit to get to the seed and then toasting and grounding it into a paste.

You can read all about tejate’s history here. Here’s a recipe if you’re up for trying to making the drink.

SOME OTHER FUN FACTS: Fairchild Botanical Garden had one of the largest trees in Florida at one point and the fruit has been in SoFlo since the mid-1800s. 😮The fruit likely made its way here from the Bahamas and over the years seeds have sprouted  from Homestead up to Palm Beach.

Got other suggestions for how to enjoy mamey? Tell us your ideas in the comments on our video.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Sketchy. Top county officials took a field trip to China and Japan last month to study their transit systems and infrastructure. Totally normal. What isn’t normal is that most of those officials wiped the phones they borrowed for the trip before they returned them. The county says the deletions, which were a mistake, were an effort to protect the county computer system from Chinese hackers. Why does it matter? The government officials had a few seat buddies on this trip – a bunch of lobbyists, developers, and county vendors – and now, no public record of what they might have talked about. (Miami Herald)

Not your neighborhood ice cream truck. Forget cookies ‘n’ cream. How about Five Spice Pork, raspberry wasabi, Sunday Morning Hangover, platano maduros, or lavender orange? Thanks to the explosion of artisan ice cream shops across Miami, you can have all of these. Here’s where. (Miami New Times)

Gridlock, as usual. Traffic haters, transit lovers, and Miami’s most beleaguered commuters will have to wait a bit longer for a contentious decision on the westward expansion of the 836 – the vote has been postponed to June 20. If the commission approves the plan, the county will send the state a proposal to extend the highway past the urban development boundary, the line past which no development to the southwest is supposed to occur. Critics say the plan will lead to more urban sprawl and make traffic woes worse, but Mayor Carlos Gimenez and supporters say they need more than one way to get to work, especially when many of their morning commutes now take more than 90 minutes. (Doug Hanks via Twitter)

Speaking of transit… it’s a good day to give it a try. The annual Miami Corporate Run is going down in downtown today, which means getting home in a car may be a real drag when you’re facing off against more than 28,000 runners. Road closures begin at 2 p.m. and run through 11 p.m. Chances are you know someone in the race to cheer on – maybe even some lawyer pals who can get you into that “Coachella” tent. (Miami Herald)

Rainy days and Zika always get me down. Miami Beach officials are looking into some new insurance to hedge their bets against unpredictable blows to tourism revenue like hurricanes, gross mosquitos and their gross diseases, and, um, Latin American economies. Resort taxes make up about 10 percent of the city’s operating budget, and problems like these can really mess with that. (Miami Herald)  

Get this guy a cape. Earlier this month, a gay couple was attacked on South Beach after the annual Miami Beach Pride Parade – a shocking event in a city known for being pretty supportive of LGBT visitors and residents. Helmut Muller Estrada, a total stranger to the couple, intervened, but he ended up unconscious on the ground, bleeding from the head. The four men turned themselves in that week and yesterday, Miami Beach awarded Muller Estrada with a city medallion for being a hero. (Miami Herald)

In the hot seat. Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has been thrust onto a national stage in the wake of the Parkland shooting. In the beginning, everyone was impressed with his leadership and his support for the #NeverAgain movement. But now he’s under fire from parents and gun rights activists who say some of his big initiatives – like keeping kids in school who commit “low-level” crimes instead of suspending, expelling or jailing them – are the reason why the Parkland students weren’t safe. You can be sure other Florida superintendents are watching how this goes down. (Miami New Times)

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EVENTS

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AROUND TOWN

THURSDAY, APRIL 26

💔 Join a live recording of Foggy Windows, a podcast about love and sappy R&B (O, Miami / Little Haiti)

🎸 Jam with the Spam All-Stars at the Bandshell (North Beach)
🎷Catch the John Coltrane documentary at the Historic Hampton House (Brownsville)

🎷Get your sax fix at the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival (Various locations) Through Saturday

💪 Fight for healthy masculinity and a safe city for women and girls (Opa-locka)

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

🕺Travel the world through dance (Downtown)

🍺 Listen to some Irish poets and taste some brews (O, Miami / South Beach)

💃🏻 Dance the night away with Los Van Van (Little Havana)

💻 Try out Miami’s newest coworking spot, Tribe (Overtown)

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

🛍 The Renegade Craft Fair comes to town (Wynwood)

👗Join the eco-friendly fashion revolution (Upper East Side)

🔍 Help Miami compete to count the most species (Virginia Key)

🎼 Local student musicians join the New World Symphony on stage (+ WALLCAST!) (South Beach)

🤣 Laugh it up with “A Very Funny History of Coconut Grove” (Coconut Grove, 10% off if you use this link)

🔥 Experience Burning Man without spending $3,000 (Key Biscayne)

Watch the Vice City Rollers demolish the Gold Coast Derby Grrrls (Wynwood)

💓 O, Miami revives an ancient poetic art form for the Tinder generation (Upper East Side)

🍸 Drink all the margaritas (Wynwood, use code “miamifiesta” for $21 off)

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

🎸Jam with Antibalas for social justice and the future of Miami (O, Miami / North Beach)

💻 Hack climate change (Miami Gardens)

🥁 Groove at Reggae Sundays (Wynwood)

🍻An old fashioned getty in the Leah Arts District (Hialeah)

MONDAY, APRIL 30

👨‍🎓Catch Dead Poets’ Society. Flasks and prep school attire encouraged. (Design District)


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WE’LL LEAVE YOU WITH A PSA…

If you spot a manatee that looks like it’s struggling, take a second look before you call wildlife officials to help ‘em out – they might just be getting busy.

 


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