Thursday, July 16, 2009

M is for MAMEY

M is for Mamey a fruit tree native to Guatemala. The outside skin is tree bark like. The fruit is heavy since the consistency is very dense. When you open it, it has a gorgeous yellow-orange color that reminds you of the color palette of the houses in Antigua. To the sight it is silky looking, to the taste it is smooth, you have to bite into it since it has a lot more body than a mango. It's taste is very particular it has a sweet but tangy taste. The flesh in contact with the pit looks bubbly, like that plastic rapper for shipping. the closer it is to the pit the sweeter and tastier it gets.

The mamey is a very guatemalan fruit with a distinctive delicious flavor. Make sure to try it if you get the chance.

An expression that comes to mind, also very Guatemalan is: MAMEYAZO: A hurtful hit, a hard punch or crash. My guess is the expression derived from how much it would hurt if a mamey were to fall on your head, it is comparable to a baseball or softball.

"Hubo un accidente en la esquina, fue un gran mameyazo"
"There is was an accident at the corner, it was a big mameyazo."

"Que paso que estas todo golpeado? -Me cai de la bici -Ala! pero que mameyazo"
"What happened, you are all bruised? -I fell off the bike -Wow! what a mameyazo"

The suffiz -azo is used:
To indicate something is large or intensive: Hoy si hay un solazo! (Today the sun is really beating down)
To indicate a blow or strike: Metio el gol de un cabezazo. (He scored the goal with a head hit)
To express something is good: Guatemalan Genes es un blogazo! (Guatemalan Genes is a great blog!) :-)

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Leah Maya Benjamin said...

Thank you so much for all your great posts. For some reason I hadn't received any of your new posts even if I clicked on your site, now I have a few months to catch up on. Thank you again.

Guatemalan Genes said...

I think my feedburner was broken and yesterday I played with it and somehow fixed it. I am glad you are visiting again!

Adina said...

Love this postazo!

Guatemalan Genes said...

Jajaja, Thanks!