A fruit that looks like pudding and tastes like dessert? That’s black sapote fruit! Black sapote fruits are a delicacy everyone should experience. When ripe, this special fruit’s flesh turns a rich, chocolate brown color and becomes scoopably delicious. It’s a must-try!
At FruitStand, we look forward to sending you a beautiful package of these extraordinary fruits from our small specialty farms partners. Keep reading to learn all about black sapote!
The black sapote fruit is a special type of persimmon that’s also known as the “chocolate pudding fruit”. A nickname like that is a lot to live up to, and the black sapote delivers on that visual beautifully. The flavor of ripe black sapote fruit is a complex mix of sweet caramel, cocoa and persimmon with a scoopable, papaya-like flesh. Another name for this hard-to-find fruit is soapapple, which may harken to the soapy, astringent flavor of the unripened fruit (which is inedible).
Black sapote fruits ripen from skins of bright green with yellow fruit, into a mature and rich, dark green peel and deep, chocolate colored fruit. About the size and shape of a squat tomato, ripe avocados have a thin, inedible, olive green peel. The fruit inside starts out hard, astringent and inedible, but with time, matures into a fruit that is sweet and scoopable with a cocoa and caramel flavor. Typically seedless, black sapote fruits can sometimes have up to a dozen hard, inedible seeds inside that should be discarded before eating.
Black sapote is a versatile fruit that’s used in foods and beverages alike. The chocolate pudding fruit, black sapote, is used raw in puddings, shakes and snacks. Black sapote is fermented into a brandy-like liqueur, and can be used as a rich, sweet ingredient in cocktails. This special fruit is used in recipes for sweets, pastries, snacks, drinks and flavorful sauces.
The black sapote is native to both coastal regions of Mexico, and throughout parts of Central America. In the United States, black sapote fruit grows in Hawaii, Florida and Puerto Rico. Black sapote is also cultivated in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. Three trees from which the black sapote fruit grows are evergreens that can be over 80 feet high! Their leaves are long, dark and glossy with a pointy, oblong shape.
The black sapote is native to both coastal regions of Mexico, and throughout parts of Central America. In the United States, black sapote fruit grows in Hawaii, Florida and Puerto Rico. Black sapote is also cultivated in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.
Three trees from which the black sapote fruit grows are evergreens that can be over 80 feet high! Their leaves are long, dark and glossy with a pointy, oblong shape.
The best time to buy black sapote fruit is when it’s in season. In the United States, Floridian black sapotes are available in the winter, from December through February, with a second fruiting season in the summer from June through August. In Mexico, black sapote fruits are available late in the year, from August through January.
Whether a black sapote is certified organic or not will depend on the farm where it was grown. At FruitStand, we only partner with the best specialty farms for exceptional quality of produce. When each harvest is available, we'll tell you whether the fruit is considered organic or conventional.
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