Can you imagine eating chocolate pudding that you’ve just plucked from a tree? The black sapote, once ripened to its strange mushy brown skin colour, will blow your mind with sensory pleasure.
Botanically known as diospyros nigra, the black sapote is part of the persimmon family. Common names include chocolate pudding fruit, black soapapple and zapote prieto.
Native to Mexico and Central America, in unripened form the fruit is astringent, caustic, bitter, and cause irritation. Its inside pulp is white and inedible.
Once ripened, its skin turns yellow-brown or gold, becomes sensitive to touch. The pulp inside becomes dark brown, almost jelly-like in texture and tastes like chocolate pudding.
Price is per fruit.