Black sapote fruit are tomato-like and measure 5–10 cm in diameter, with an inedible skin that turns from olive to a deep yellow-green when ripe and a pulp which is white and inedible when unripe but assumes a flavor, color and texture often likened to chocolate pudding when ripe.
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Fruits usually contain seeds, up to a maximum of 12.The texture has been likened to that of a papaya. Boning ,describes the ripe fruit as having “the taste and consistency of chocolate pudding.
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Black sapote’s flesh is rich and custard-like, with a sweet, nut-like mild flavor and when ripe fruit pulp is blended with milk, cream or ice-cream, it tastes like mild chocolate – but without the caffeine or calories!
The black sapote is native in Mexico and Guatemala. It is cultivated in Florida, The Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Hawaii. It is an evergreen tree and grows upto 8 meter or more.
The raw fruit is eaten with a spoon or eaten as dessert in milk or citrus juice. Many different drinks are made from it as well as liquor. Unripe fruits are not edible. Use them in dips or sliced for a healthy chocolate-like dessert.
When it comes to getting a ripe and delicious black sapote fruit the time that you pick your fruit is important. Also you need to know when it has ripened. A Grafted tree like the chocolate variety ensures that the taste of the fruit is the highest possible quality.