Fruits

Zapote Costeño: a tropical fruit

The coastal zapote is a fruit considered exotic, therefore, it is coveted and many want to know all its characteristics and ways of use. If you are here to get acquainted with the zapote, read on and discover interesting points of the fruit.

 

What is coastal zapote?

Coastal zapote is very common in South and Central American countries, such as Honduras and Guatemala. Its smell is unmistakable and its texture is smooth. It has an elliptical or ovoid shape, almost round, when the fruit has not yet ripened it is hard.

This fruit usually has few seedsthree to five each, and its pulp can be reddish, yellow, black or white. What about the taste of zapote? It is soft and sweet, pleasant to many palates and is the favorite of many people.

As for its origin, it is from Mesoamerica, from that place it was taken to the Philippines by the Spaniards. The next to know it were the people of Malaysia, so it spread to other areas. Today, it is a little-known fruit in some countries, but in others, it is consumed very frequently.

Characteristic sapote tree

The black sapote tree and any other type of this fruit is capable of measuring up to forty meters in height. The diameter of the tree can be up to one meter, with an upright trunk and fissured bark. Other features of the outer bark of sapper trees are these:

  • When it is taken off in pieces, its shape is rectangular.
  • The color varies between brown and brown gray.
  • The thickness ranges from ten to twenty millimeters.

The branches of the sapper trees are simple, at their tips are accumulated leaves that alternate in a spiral. The wood extracted from this type of tree is used in the realization of a great variety of objects. For example, it can be used to make a high-quality piece of furniture.

What are the types of zapote?

Before we mentioned that the pulps of coastal zapotes can be of different colors. This feature demonstrates the type of zapote, keep in mind that the classes that exist are:

  • The red sapote : this fruit has a rough skin, more so than the other types. In addition to being eaten naturally, it is also used to make drinks or jams.
  • Coastal black sapote : it acquires a shiny black color when it is ripe, the flavor of this type is sweeter.
  • White sapote : it has a very tasty pulp, surprisingly it is the least cultivated variety in Latin countries.
  • The yellow sapote : this one originates from Campeche, a region of Mexico, its skin is quite thin, so it is possible to eat it without peeling it.

Is the ripe sapodilla a medicinal plant?

Are you wondering if sapote leaves work for weight loss ? Actually, it is not the leaves that do this, but the fruit. The sapote is rich in fiber, this helps you feel full without consuming many calories.

Another common question about the properties of these fruits is: Are sapote leaves recommended for diabetes? Again, it is best that you consume the fruits, these are favorable thanks to their high fiber contents and little sugars. But remember not to consume coastal zapote in excess.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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