Mammee Apple (Mammca Americana), a handsome tree of 60 ft. in height, native of the Caribbean islands and the neighboring continent. It has large, oval or obovate. shining, leatherv, opposite leaves, white, sweet-scented flowers and large, round, obsoletely three- or four-cornered fruit, which sometimes grows to the size of a child's head. The fruit i- covered with a double rind; the outer is leathery, tough, and brownish yellow; the inner, thin, vellow closely adhering to the flesh, which is firm bright vellow, and of a singular pleasant taste and a sweet aromatic smell; hut the skin and seeds are very bitter and resinous. The pulp is eaten alone, or cut up into slues with wine and sugar, prepared as a jam or marmalade, or with sirup. From the yellowness of the pulp, like that of an apricot, it is called by the French abricot sauvage. This fruit is occasionally brought to our seaport cities, but rarelv in an eatable condition. The seeds, which are sometimes as large as ben's eggs, are used as anthelmintics, and an aromatic liquor called cau de Creole is distilled from the flowers. The tree belongs to the natural order of guttiferw. Browne ("Natural History of Jamaica." London, 1756) speaks of the species as among the largest trees of Jamaica, and esteemed among the best timber trees.
It has been observed that no one can behold this tree towering above a cluster of fruit trees without a sentiment of respect for it. The mamtnee tree has become naturalized in some parts of Africa, where it produces excellent fruit. Two or three other species, natives of tropical Asia, are known to botanists.