Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna)
Mature Grafted Fruit Tree
The delicious Black Sapote is a highly saught after rare tropical fruit tree. A popular name for Black Sapote is Chocolate Pudding fruit, and rightfully so. Like all sapote-named fruit, the inner flesh is thick and custardy with a warm and fruity cacao like flavor.
Black Sapote tropical fruit tree is native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and into Colombia. Growing Black Sapote does not require a lot of close attention in the right climate, but it is best to be aware of its growth once it comes time to fruit. Black Sapote trees grow leafy and dense, producing fruit prolifically in subtropical climates, where they do not need much coddling once established. The fruits have a tendency to mature quickly, weighing down on the edges of branches, and falling to the ground. The result of a fallen Black Sapote fruit is a messy splash of pudding cups. When properly harvested, the fruit serves as a dessert staple, similar to typical Sapote varieties. It can be prepared raw for use in fresh desserts, cooked into pies and pastries, or blended into a fresh drink.
In the world of Sapotes, Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna) is simply misunderstood: Related to neither the Sapote (Pouteria sapota), nor the white Sapote (Casimiroa edulis), Black Sapote is actually in the persimmon family of plants, Ebenaceae. The misalignment with Sapotes comes from the nature of its fruit, which shares the creamy texture characteristic of White Sapote fruit and other Sapote like tropical fruits.