From Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
by Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical fruit




Canistel
Pouteria campechiana


Canistel (Pouteria campechiana)
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Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) is in the sapote family and is well adapted to south Florida. It will bloom and fruit throughout the year depending on the variety and makes a perfect landscape tree for the home garden. It is easy to grow, wind resistant, and tolerant of sandy or limestone soils. And, oh yes, it will provide bushels of fruit for the kitchen.

Canistel is delicious when mixed with milk products, making it perfect for milk shakes, ice creams and natural smoothies. The fruit can be eaten fresh of course, but you must wait for the fruit to fully ripen to a soft texture and peel away the thin yellow skin. Immature fruit have sticky latex that is harmless, but sticky and annoying. Added flavoring such as lime juice and honey may be added to taste.

Canistel can be use as a replacement sweetner for baking, ice creams and other sweet treats. First the skinny on this product – as a sugar replacement, it is superior to sugar, being an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. It is a flavor enhancer and can be added to any ice-cream, hot chocolate, smoothies, baby food, cakes, and all kinds of desserts.

Producing your own fruit in the home garden is easy. The tree is easy to grow with minimal care, given its superior wind resistance and tolerance to sandy or limestone soils.


Noris Ledesma, Curator of tropical fruit at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Noris Ledesma
Curator of tropical fruit at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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Bibliography

Ledesma, Noris. "Canistel (Pouteria campechiana)." fairchildgarden.org. 18 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Dec. 2014.

Published 24 Dec. 2014 LR
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