White Sapotes

White Sapotes

About White Sapotes

White sapote, Casimiroa edulis, also known as cochitzapotl in the Nahuatl language (meaning ''sleep-sapote') is a species of tropical fruiting tree in the family Rutaceae, native to eastern Mexico and Central America south to Costa Rica. Mature Casimiroa edulis trees range from 5-16 metres (16-52 ft) tall and are evergreen. The leaves are alternate, palmately compound with 3-5 leaflets, the leaflets 6-13 cm long and 2.5-5 cm broad with an entire margin, and the leaf petiole 10-15 cm long. The fruit is an ovoid drupe, 5-10 cm in diameter, with a thin, inedible skin turning from green to yellow when ripe, and an edible pulp, which can range in flavor from bland to banana-like to peach to pear to vanilla flan.