Canistel &

Canistel 'Fairchild #2' (Pouteria campechiana)

Regular price $59.95
/
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Pot Size

Canistel, also known as Eggfruit, Yellow Sapote or Tiesa, is a tropical evergreen tree that produces a delicious fruit with a really unique flavor.  Canistel fruit tastes like maple syrup coated sweet potatoes with a  texture that's simultaneously smooth, dry, creamy, and flaky. This grafted Fairchild #2 Canistel cultivar produces a slightly smaller fruit than other varieties, but can be harvested year-round! The fruit is deliciously moist, not at all chalky, and has a great quality flavor.  Canistel fruit should typically be harvested when fruit turn yellow-orange. Allow fruit 3 to 10 days to ripen at room temperature. Ripe fruit is soft but not super mushy. 

Canistel is commonly found in Southern Mexico, Central America, parts of Southeast Asia and tropical biomes throughout the world. In the wild it can generally be found in wetland forests in areas of low elevation. Canistel can grow well in a container as long as you provide enough space for root growth. 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.

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.

Will grow well in a container as long as you provide enough space for root growth. . 

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 capable of producing fruit within 2-3 years.

X-Large Pot Size: Grafted and capable of producing fruit within 1-2 years.

See More:
Shop all of our Canistel varieties.

Shop all of our Pouteria varieties.

What growers are saying

Based on 1 review Write a review
Because we are committed to reducing plastic waste and creating a more ethical plant shopping experience - almost all of our plants ship in biodegradable, plantable, or recyclable pots that can be planted right in the ground, composted, re-used or recycled!

Plantable Pots &
Plastic-Free Packaging

Spring Essentials

Garden Tools & Supplies You'll Dig

Sow Exotic has everything your garden needs to thrive, from planting to harvest, with professional garden tools to organic fertilizers and soil amendments.

Shop Growing Gear

Naturally Grown

Learn more about our all natural and organic soil blends, propagation techniques and more!

Learn More

Sustainable Shipping

Plantable Pots AND Plastic-Free Shipping! Learn more about our commitment to packaging and shipping sustainability - from biodegradable planters to compostable shipping materials.

Plastic-Free Packaging

Powered by Plant People

Team work makes the (green) dream work! Get to know the folks behind the seeds.

Meet the Team

We Think You'll Also Dig