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All About Eggfruit

Nick Musica
Published Mar 22, 2021. Read time: 1 minute

Eggfruit goes by many names in English, including cupcake fruit, canistel and yellow sapote. Legend has it that the canistel got the name “eggfruit” because its flesh has the color and texture of cooked egg yolks. While they’re some truth to this, eggfruit is much more special and delicious than the savory description suggests. 

Eggfruit has the creamy texture of avocado, bold orange color of a butternut squash, and a sweet, custardy flavor that’s reminiscent of sweet potato pie. It has no acidity and a brown sugary sweetness. Canistel, or eggfruit, has a reputation for having a dry consistency, when in fact the flesh resembles a juicy avocado when perfectly ripe

On the outside, eggfruits have a thin peel with a bold, golden yellow color. Inside, the fruit is the exact same color, reminiscent of the inside of a sugar pumpkin. They’re the shape of a squat tomato with a pointed bottom, giving them the shape of a teardrop or upside down pear. In the center of each eggfruit are two to three shiny, black, chestnut-like seeds. These seeds are inedible and should be discarded.

Big fans of this yellow sapote eggfruit find it to be a deliciously versatile piece of produce. It tastes like picking a fresh slice of pumpkin pie from a tree, and can be used as though it were a sweet avocado! Eggfruit goes in beverages like cocktails, juices and smoothies. It’s custardy texture and sweeter-than-sweet potato flavor is welcome in desserts, candies, jams, salads and savory meals. 

Eggfruit, or canistel, is native to areas covering Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. Today you can find the eggfruit cultivated throughout the world, including the United States, India, South East Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Nigeria and Australia. 

The tree from which eggfruits grow is squat and shrubby, growing about eight feet high three feet thick. Its leaves are relatively long and pointed, and green with a shimmery sheen. The bark is known for its latex sap. Depending on where it’s cultivated, eggfruit comes into season from September through February, typically peaking in December or January.

Eggfruit, or canistel, is native to areas covering Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. Today you can find the eggfruit cultivated throughout the world, including the United States, India, South East Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Nigeria and Australia.

The tree from which eggfruits grow is squat and shrubby, growing about eight feet high three feet thick. Its leaves are relatively long and pointed, and green with a shimmery sheen. The bark is known for its latex sap. Depending on where it’s cultivated, eggfruit comes into season from September through February, typically peaking in December or January.

Eggfruit, also known as canistel or yellow sapote, is in the sapote fruit family. They have the creamy texture of avocado, bold orange color of a butternut squash, and a sweet, custardy flavor that’s reminiscent of sweet potato pie. Other sapote fruits include mamey, sapodilla and black sapotes.

Depending on where it’s cultivated, eggfruit comes into season from September though February, typically peaking in December or January. The tree from which eggfruits grow is squat and shrubby, growing about eight feet high three feet thick. Its leaves are relatively long and pointed, and green with a shimmery sheen. The bark is known for its latex sap that has other uses.

Whether an eggfruit harvest 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.

If you’ve ever wondered where to buy eggfruit, we’ve got great news for you! FruitStand is proud to partner with small, specialty farmers to bring you exceptional quality, hard to find eggfruit (aka canistel). To be the first to know when FruitStand is shipping eggfruit harvests, join our email newsletter!

Send us your eggfruit questions and unboxing videos any time on Instagram @Fruitstandcom!

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