There are a number of abiu varieties (e.g., 'Gray', 'Z-2'); however, few selections or varieties are available in Florida.
There is a lot of variability among seedling trees. 1
‘Bruce’ is a large, uniform and attractive fruit shaped much like a Hersey’s chocolate kiss (only yellow). Fruiting occurs in two major waves during August to October and again from February to March. There are 2 to 3 seeds in each fruit and plenty to eat. Fruits have dry flesh, are large and are of fair eating quality. 2
‘Fairchild’ is a compact tree with slightly curved more elongated fruit. The production is heavy and its timing is roughly the same as with the previous variety. 2
‘Ross’ is distintive among the others selections. The fruit are flattened like a hole-less doughnut and often is slightly flutted. The flesh is juicy and there are from 3 to 5 seeds in the fruit. The tree is slow growing and easy to control. 2
'Trompo' (formerly 9681) is a University of Florida selection. The fruit is large, sweet and has excellent texture. 2
1 Crane, Jonathan H., Balerdi, Carlos F. and Maguire, Ian. "Canistel Growing in the Florida Home Landscape." edis.ifas.ufl.edu. This document is HS1049, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date Nov. 2005. Revised Oct. 2006 and Nov. 2016. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.
2 Ledesma, Noris. "The Canistel, A Winter Fruit for South Florida." fairchildgarden.org. 20 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Dec. 2014.
Published 16 Jan. 2015 LR. Last update 5 apr. 2017 LR