Common Name: Black Sapote, Chocolate Pudding Fruit
Family: Ebenaceae Gurke
Country of Origin: southern Mexico, cultivated throughout Central America
Habitat: coastal lowlands
Description: A usually large, green-skinned fruit about the size of an apple. Flesh turns dark brown/black when ripe. Pulp both looks and tastes somewhat like chocolate pudding. Black sapote's make a wonderful dessert fruit.
Uses: Eaten fresh or used in desserts. Black sapote mousse's, cakes, custards are popular dishes where black sapote's are grown.
Culture: Large tree to 80ft. Full grown trees can survive to 28F. Trees are not too particular about soil and nutrient support. Fruits ripen in winter but depending on the tree may fruit a few months earlier or later. Fruits are best picked and eaten when fully ripe, the pulp becomes soft and pudding like at this stage. Propagation: Usually grown from seeds which make it to bearing age in 5-6 years.