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Green Sapote

Pouteria viridis, also known as the green sapote, is a fruit tree native to Central America and parts of South America, including countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Common names: Green sapote, Red faisan


Growing Green Sapote

Pouteria viridis is a slow-growing tropical tree that prefers a warm, humid climate. It prefers well-drained soils with a high organic content, but it can grow in a variety of soil types. It needs full sun exposure to grow and bear fruit.

It usually grows into a 6–8 metre tree but can grow as tall as 20 metres. The tree has a dense, rounded crown. It is a low-maintenance tree that only requires occasional watering and fertilisation. 

Green sapote trees could be kept compact, say 3x3 metres, with pruning. Pruning also helps to maintain its shape and promote fruiting.

Green sapote starts flowering in 4–5 years. It takes about 10 months for the flowers to become mature fruit.


Green Sapote Fruit Description And Taste

Green Sapote is a close relative of Mamey Sapote, but whereas Mamey Sapote has brown skin, Green Sapote has green skin. 

The fruit of Pouteria viridis is a green or yellowish-brown berry-like fruit with a thin, smooth skin. The flesh is creamy and sweet, with a flavour that is similar to a custard apple or a ripe banana. 

When it starts to ripen, the skin colour turns orangish. The inside of it becomes the colour of red papaya.

The fruit can vary in size from small to medium, and it contains several large seeds.

The green sapote is eaten fresh and used for juices, jams, and ice cream. 

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