Canistel 'Trompo' (Pouteria campechiana)

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Canistel, also known as Eggfruit, Yellow Sapote or Tiesa, is a unique tropical fruit tree related to Mamey Sapote.  The fruit has a really exciting flavor, tasting like maple syrup coated sweet potatoes! The texture is dense and soft while simultaneously smooth, dry, creamy, and flaky. 

The Trompo Canistel variety is known for being a heavy producer of large, moist fruit with an amazing flavor. It fruits from September to October and again from February to May.  Canistel fruit trees are as beautiful as they are rewarding to grow in the home landscape and are easy to maintain with regular pruning.

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season:
Winter, Spring, Year-round

Typically December - March (sub-tropics) but varies slightly based on variety. Some cultivars even fruit year-round! Canistel fruit should be harvested when it turns yellow-orange. Allowing fruit 3 to 10 days to ripen at room temperature (76–82°F; 24–28°C). Ripe fruit is soft but not mushy.

Mature Size:
15-30 ft.

Soil & Moisture:
Well-draining, sandy, soil rich in organic matter. Likes consistent watering especially during flower and fruiting but is completely intolerant of flooding. 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun (highest production), Part Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+. 

If taking on the task of growing this tropical fruit tree in colder climates, can be dwarfed with the right amount of commitment and can be overwintered indoors. During the coldest winter in the last ten years, the Canistel's planted in our food forest survived severe damage at 24 degrees, growing back from the base and are back to fruiting!

Propagation:
Large Pot Size: Grafted and to produce within 2-3 years.
X-Large Pot Size: Grafted and ready to produce within 1-2 years.

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