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Scientific Name: Casimiroa edulis
Alternative Names: Custard Apple

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Casimiroa edulis
Casimiroa edulis
Casimiroa edulis


  • Perennial
  • White Sapote is native to the highlands of Central Mexico and was well known to the Aztecs.
  • It is a subtropical to tropical fruit that prefers a climate with moderate humidity.
  • In temperate regions it must be planted in a sheltered, sunny space.
  • It is a medium to large, evergreen tree with a drooping habit - the long branches can almost touch the ground.
  • White Sapote has a large tap root system that requires deep soil.
  • Small flowers are formed in large groups and may occur off and on a few times per year - with fruit ripening 6-8 months later.

Culinary Uses

  • The ripe fruit is perishable and must be refrigerated.
  • It may be frozen whole, as pieces or as a pulp.
  • Taste is not affected after thawing and may be used like fresh fruit.
  • Eat fresh - it is primarily a dessert fruit and tastes like vanilla custard mixed with creamy banana and peaches.
  • The soft fruit may be halved and scooped out.
  • Combine with milk to produce ice creams, milk shakes and pies.
  • With added lemon or lime juice, the fruit makes a good jelly and sherbets.

Parts Used

  • Pick fruits as they begin to soften – do not wait too long as fallen fruit tend to smash when they drop due to their soft flesh.
  • Color on maturity ranges from dark green to yellow – will lighten a shade when ready for harvest.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The leaves, bark and seeds contain the glucoside “casimisrosine”, which lowers blood pressure.
  • In large doses, glucoside acts as a sedative, and alleviates rheumatic pains.
  • It has been reported that a tea produced from the leaves would induce sleep within an hour.
  • White Sapote is very sweet (27% sugars), highly nutritious, and rich in vitamins including A and C.
  • The pulp is smooth and has no noticeable fibre.
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