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Black Sapote: The Fruit That Tastes Like Chocolate Pudding

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Black Sapote: The Fruit That Tastes Like Chocolate Pudding

We talked about the banana that tastes like vanilla ice cream. Well, here’s one for the chocolate lovers out there: Black Sapote, aka the Chocolate Pudding Fruit. It looks, tastes and chews like chocolate pudding. It’s nature’s dessert from the tree. It’s as good as it sounds. 


Black sapote, chocolate pudding fruit, diospyros digyna, black soapapple and black persimmon are just a few of the names that this exotic fruit goes by in different parts of the world. This exotic fruit related to the persimmonis popular in Central America, and it is found mainly in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Guatemala.

The black sapote looks like a tomato when it is unripe, even with a bright olive green coloured skin, just like an unripe tomato. At this point the pulp is astringent, irritant, caustic and bitter - it’s also known to have been used as fish poison in the Philippines. 

Picked when still green and underripe, the chocolate pudding fruit will take up to ten days to ripen at room temperature. As it ripens, the skin becomes a muddy green, and the white pulp turns into a dark brown, taking on the flavour, colour, and texture similar to a chocolate pudding. It will get even softer as it ripens further, turning almost jelly like, similar to an overripe persimmon.

Where To Find Chocolate Pudding Fruit

Black sapote is easily found in the markets in Mexico where it is a native plant, from August to January. It is also available in parts in Florida, typically between the months of December through to February, the Philippines and in the Caribbean. The black sapote is known to grow in large amounts in the tropical and subtropical regions of Australia

How to Eat Black Sapote

Once you have your hands on this exotic fruit, treat it as you would an avocado - leave it on your countertop and avoid refrigerating it until it is ripe. Once it is soft enough to eat, you can enjoy the chocolate pudding fruit as it is by cutting it in half, discarding the seeds and scooping out the flesh with a spoon. 

The flavour of black sapote pairs well with vanilla, rum, cream, coffee and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Lemon, orange and pineapple are also popular flavours to match with, as seen in dessert dishes in Mexico and the Philippines, where the pulp of black sapote is served with orange juice and in some cases, brandy. In Mexico, it is also common to see the mashed pulp mixed with wine, cinnamon and sugar served as a dessert beverage. 

Try this delicious fruit also in baking recipes such as muffins, puddings, in breads, pies, cheesecake, and also ice cream. It can easily be used as fillings in pies, mixed with a bit of lemon or lime juice. 

Black Sapote Recipes

Black Sapote Smoothie with Grapefruit

Bring the Caribbean to your breakfast table by replacing the persimmon in this healthy, refreshing smoothie recipe with black sapote. 

Chia Pancakes with Kumquats and Black Sapote

The cinnamon and lemon in this recipe go perfectly with black sapote as it does with the usual persimmon. Try our recipe for breakfast pancakes by serving it with chocolate pudding fruit instead of persimmon in the recipe. 


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