Sapodilla is native to southern Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The fruit has a rough brown peel with a pale yellow to an earthy brown colored flesh with a grainy texture akin to that of a well-ripened pear. The fruit has an exceptionally sweet, malty flavor.
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Frequently-asked questions (FAQ)
Why does Sapodilla/Chikoo/Naseberry have so many different names?
The sapodilla tree is native to the Yucatan peninsula and other nearby locations in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. In colonial times the fruit spread via trade throughout the Caribbean and South America and eventually made its way to Asia in the early 1800s where today the fruit has become widely cultivated and loved. From then on, each culture has developed its own unique relationship and name for the same delicious fruit.
How do I know if my sapodilla is ripe?
Sapodillas are picked unripe from the tree. They ripen within a few days when kept in a closed dark place but will ripen within a week out in the open. When ripe the sapodilla is very soft to the touch without being mushy. The outside skin may look a little wrinkled. With a little patience, you get a delicious tasting treat.
What does a sapodilla taste like?
Sapodillas have a sweet pear-like consistency. A ripe sapodilla is often described as tasting like brown sugar, perhaps similar to the taste of cinnamon toast crunch.
When is sapodilla season?
In South Florida, the primary season for sapodillas is from January - July, peaking in late spring. However, we often have some sapodilla available throughout the year.
How do you store sapodillas?
Sapodilla fruits will ripen in room temperature conditions. Once ripened, you can refrigerate the fruit to keep it fresh for up to a week.
To freeze sapodilla, scoop the ripped fruit and store the fruit in an airtight container or ice cube tray in the freezer. The fruit will retain its flavor for about a month. This method is perfect for smoothies and cocktails.
What can you do with sapodillas?
Besides enjoying the delicious sweet flavor directly from the fruit, you can incorporate it into many recipes. You can add the fruit to oatmeal or yogurt for a delicious breakfast. You can also cook sapodilla to enhance the original flavor with a roasted flavor that tastes delicious in both sweet and savory recipes. The fruit can be added to soups, jams, roasted meats, and seafood. You can also blend the fruit to make juices, smoothies, and cocktails. We recommend adding the fruit to vanilla ice cream - emphasizing the cinnamon taste!
How do sapodillas grow?
Sapodillas are grown on large trees in tropical or subtropical climates. The fruits generally form in clusters.
Are sapodilla seeds toxic?
Generally, ingesting small amounts of sapodilla seeds will not do you harm. However, sapodilla seeds are considered inedible. The flattened seeds are hard, shiny, and black, often with a sharp spike on one end, so it is better to avoid them when enjoying your fruit.