In mid November 2007, I was fortunate enough to visit
Tropical Fruitworld, which is situated not far from the Queensland/New South
Tropical Fruitworld is a research establishment combined
with a tourist attraction, which aims to grow and find out about lots of
different fruits whilst at the same time being a great day out if you love
TFW grow hundreds of varieties of Tropical and Sub-Tropical
fruits. Among their many treasures are several types of Sapote.
When I was there I bought Canistel or Yellow Sapote, Green
Sapote and Mamey Sapote.
All were really delicious.
The word Sapote
simply means 'fruit' and is used to describe fruits from several families.
For example the Chocolate or Black Sapote (Diospirus digyna)
is in the Ebenaceae family.
Whilst the White Sapote (Camisiroa edulis) is in the
Green Sapotes (Pouteria viride), Yellow Sapotes (Pouteria
campechiania) and Mamey Sapotes (Pouteria sapota) are all in the Sapotaceae
Though from different families, what all these fruits seem
to have in common is that they are rich and nutritious and they can be a very
valuable source of nutrients in a fruit diet.
The Sapotes have their origins in Mexico, Central and South
America. They are generally fruits that are widely appreciated in their native
countries and they also often seem to be fruits that have not been developed so
much by growers.
They remain, as they would have thousands of years ago, as
great nutritional fruits.
All fruits cleanse to some degree but others also have more
The Sapotes, whilst helping the body to cleanse also will
help to 'build-up' and to nourish.
The Canistel or Yellow Sapote is so rich that I find it difficult
to eat a whole fruit to myself; they make a great fruit for sharing! They also have good amounts of iron and
Mameys are so full of Beta Carotene, that they taste like
carrots or sweet pumpkin pie.They are also good for iron.
Chocolate Sapotes have good amounts of calcium and vitamin C
and are fun fruits for children.
The ancient races that inhabited Central and South America
were well known for their great health and strength, I am sure that some of
their wellness was due to the wonderful range of Sapote fruits which grew in
abundance in their environment.
Enjoy and thank those Sapotes, they have given humans so
much over the last few millenia.
Love and Peaches,
from Anne XX.