Black sapote is a tree 30-50' tall with an oblong canopy. In South Florida it is usually at the lower end of that height spectrum. The tree is a beautifull evergreen that works well as a shade tree. Black Sapote fruit are tomato shaped, 2-4" in diameter, with an inedible skin that turns from olive to a deep yellow-green when ripe. The pulp is white and inedible when unripe but assumes a flavor and color likened to chocolate pudding when ripe. The texture has been likened to that of a papaya. In South Florida the fruits generally ripen between January and March.
Like its close relative, the persimmon, the fruit are picked mature and then need to be allowed to soften off the tree. Harvested fruit take 3 - 14 days to soften to eating quality. After fruit become ripe they may be stored in the refrigerator for several days for later use. Black sapote is very high in vitamin C and a good source of calcium and phosphorus.
Black sapote is adapted to tropical and warm subtropical areas, making it suitable for South Florida landscaping. It is reported to be flood tolerant but only moderately drought tolerant. Black sapote grows well in most well drained soil types including sands and limestone-based, high-pH soils. In general, black sapote trees should be planted in full sun and a well-drained soil for best growth and fruit production. Because of their relatively tall height, select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines.
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