Egg fruit is a tropical fruit plant native to Central America (Panama and Mexico). Unlike what might seem from its name, it doesn't taste like an egg. But the inside of the fruit has a colour very similar to an egg yolk. The egg fruit needs to be fully ripe to be fit for consumption.
Egg fruit is medium-sized, roughly the size of a tennis ball. Its colour ranges from yellow to orange. The flesh is sweet and thick creamy, with a powdery texture.
- Origin: Central America
- Common names: Egg fruit, Canistel, Yellow Sapote, Cupcake fruit
- Scientific name: Pouteria campechiana
- Botanical family: Sapotaceae
- Edibility rating: 4
- Health Benefits: 3
Growing Egg fruit
Egg fruit or the canistel is a slow growing tree reaching an average height of about 30 feet. They grow well in warm humid climates and can manage in slightly shaded conditions.
Pruning is not usually needed, but may be done to remove dead branches and maintain shape. A 20 feet spacing is required for the fully developed plant.
Egg fruit is low in fat and calories. Consuming egg fruit is good for digestion and eye health.
It is often called the fruit of poor people because of its high nutrient value and affordable price.