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Diospyros digyna, the Black Sapote, is a species of persimmon that is native to eastern Mexico and Central America south to Colombia. Other names include Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Chocolate Persimmon and (in Spanish) Zapote Prieto.

Description

Mature trees can grow to over 25 m (82 ft) in height and are evergreen. It is frost sensitive. The leaves are elliptic-oblong, tapered at both ends, dark green, glossy, and 10–30 cm (3.9–12 in) long. The trees are dioecious, with individual trees bearing only female or male flowers.[1]

Black Sapote fruit are tomato-like and measure 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) in diameter, with an inedible skin that turns from olive to a deep yellow-green when ripe and an edible pulp that turns from white when unripe to a flavor, color and texture often likened to chocolate pudding when ripe. The texture can be related to that of a papaya.

Nomenclature

It is unrelated to the mamey sapote (Sapotaceae), and the white sapote (Rutaceae).

Written on June 18th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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