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What Is a White Sapote Fruit?

White Sapote Fruit Is a Sweet, Creamy Delight

On a trip to the extensive Berkeley Bowl supermarket, I came across a variety of fruit I'd never seen before, white sapote. A store grocer stocking produce nearby was so convinced I'd love this mystery fruit that he cut one open on the spot for me to try. After I commented that it was remarkably sweet, he told me that the fruit I'd sampled wasn't even fully ripe yet. At $4 a pop, it was definitely pricey, but he was right: I loved it so much that I wound up bringing some home with me. To learn more about this fruit and how it tastes,


Native to Mexico, the white sapote is a tropical fruit in the citrus family. Although it was introduced to the United States 200 years ago by Spanish monks, the fruit still remains relatively unknown in America, where it's occasionally grown as a backyard fruit tree and commercially harvested in certain regions of Florida and California.

The white sapote reminded me of another tropical fruit, the cherimoya, because both have notes of pear, vanilla, guava, and banana. Its off-white flesh was sweet, creamy, and custardy, and reminded me of a favorite dessert, flan — with a slight grittiness in texture that one might find in a pear or guava. Although I enjoyed the fruit alone, I would love to try it as an addition to a simple salad or blended in a smoothie.

My only complaint? The tropical specimen is extremely soft when ripe, making it a mess to eat (watch out for the one to five inedible seeds that you may encounter in the center!). Have you ever had white sapotes? How do you enjoy them?

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gelita gelita 7 years
i like black zapote better
stumbler02 stumbler02 7 years
Cool! I've had sapodillas, which my family always called "sapotas," but I've never had a white sapote like this one. You should try sapodillas if you get the chance. They're amazing. I'll keep my eyes peeled for these! P.S. You can definitely get these exotic fruits for cheap at an ethnic market if you're into them. Try Indian and Chinese grocery stores!
becoming-brina becoming-brina 7 years
sounds good!!
lilprisci lilprisci 7 years
I didn't even know they imported these. I grew up in Costa Rica and these were always available everywhere (along with other delicious fruits I've never found in the States!) Glad you liked it!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
that sounds delicous...i'll keep my eyes open for these.
smileyface smileyface 7 years
The smoothie idea would probable be delicious.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've never tried them, but they sound absolutely amazing! I'll have to ask my cousin if she's had them yet...she lives in Rosarita, Mexico and she's always telling me about some new yummy food she's tried down there.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
A fruit that reminds you of flan? Sign me up!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 7 years
Yum! I will have to get some!
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I've had it in Dominican Republic in smoothies. Very yummy. They usually mix it with some Carnation evporated milk if thats how you like it.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
OoOoooo yum!
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