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sapodilla has been a staple in latin and asian cuisine for hundreds of
years,but is not as popular here in the United States. It’s sweet
taste and pear like texture offer a unique treat for you to try as a
fruit to eat out of hand,or to use in dessert dishes. You will find
sapodillas mostly in latin and asian markets today, but some U.S.
retail grocers are beginning to recognize this delicious fruit and are
stocking it in their produce department.
are picked from the trees when they are mature,but not ripe. This means
that the fruit has reached its full size and shape,but the starches
inside the fruit have not yet converted to sugar. When those starches
have changed into sugars,usually over a few days of sitting on the
kitchen counter,the fruit will soften and emit a pleasant aroma.
the market,look for sapodillas that are free of soft spots,and are not
mishapened. Next,check that the fruit is mature. To do this,gently
scrape a tiny scratch on the sapodilla skin with your fingernail,noting
the color of the flesh underneath. If that flesh is a deep green,then
that fruit is NOT mature and will not ripen into a sweet fruit no
matter how long you keep it on the counter. If the flesh color has a
hint of yellow – even with some green,then that fruit is mature
and will be able to ripen at home on the counter.
you have selected a mature sapodilla,place it on the counter to ripen
in the warmth of the kitchen. You can also place it in a paper bag to
ripen the fruit a bit earlier. It will usually take about 3-5 days to
ripen. Sapodillas are ripe when they are soft,like a peach,and have a
eat sapodillas,either cut across the middle of the fruit,remove the
seeds,and spoon out the flesh,or using a sharp knife or potato
peeler,remove the skin to reveal the flesh inside. The skin and seeds
of the sapodilla are not edible.
ripen sapodilla will keep in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or
container for about a week. It is possible to delay the ripening of
sapodillas by placing the unripe but mature fruit in a plastic
container in the refrigerator,and then take it out to ripen on the
counter,but you will loose some quality in the fruit.
also freeze sapodillas,but the consistency will change a bit and be
best suited for use in ice creams,pudding and syrup type dishes.