Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth With Sapodilla Pie
Sapodilla is a tropical fruit similar to mango with a soft yellowish pulp, composed of simple sugars like fructose. It is sweeter than most other fruits, higher in calories but an excellent source of fiber. In fact if you devour a good amount, it works as a laxative. And, in spite of the discomfort, it aids in protecting colon mucosa from cancer-causing toxins. Just keep the amount to a minimum (I know this from experience!). This evergreen originated in the rain forests of Central America. Today it is favored in the tropical belt, especially in the Caribbean Islands.
I discovered the delectable fruit while visiting a friend here in South Florida. As we walked through her garden area the tree over-towered all plants with not only its height but with its glorious golden pods hanging from almost every branch. With the sapodilla she gave me, I tried different methods such as in a salad but the pie recipe topped the charts. For the ultimate experience, have a slice with your favorite coffee beverage.
A Golden Treasure!
The fruit has a brownish color and is quite large, similar to a grapefruit. The texture of the pulp is grainy, sweet and smooth with a aromatic flavor. It is rich in antioxidants and may have potential anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic effects. (Source: merriamwebster.com)
As my friend shared, sapodillas can be picked unripe but must be left in the sun to mature, for seven to ten days. I had to leave mine on a sunny ledge for almost two weeks but in the end they ripened nicely. You can tell the fruit is ripe if you scrape a bit of the outer skin off and the pulp is yellow or orange underneath, if you see green it is not ripe. Ripe fruit can be kept in the refrigerator for about three to four days.
Once you are ready to eat or use the fruit, cut it in halves as you would an avocado. Scoop the flesh using a spoon, discard the seeds. It is wonderful eaten as a snack or used in a salad. I suggest trying it in a smoothie.
A word of caution: Eating unripe sapodilla can cause allergic reactions, mouth ulcers, and difficulty breathing. Please make sure the fruit is ripe before consuming.
Notes for the Inquisitive Cook
As I mentioned earlier, the texture of this fruit is grainy. As I sampled a slice of the pie, my taste buds were delighted by the sweetness yet hesitated to label it satisfactory due to the foreign texture. However, it is truly an enchanting dessert.
Experiment with added ingredients such as allspice, ginger, molasses or nutmeg. The pie is almost pumpkin and can be a great new dish for special occasions or even Thanksgiving. As I am thinking along these lines, I may just try it next as an empanada. Be creative!
Most groceries in the topical belt carry this fruit in season but other regions may have to purchase it online or wait to sample when visiting the area. Buy it fresh and look for smooth, intact skin without any blemish or cracks. Ripened fruit will yield to gentle pressure (as you would test for ripe avocados).
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 eggs
- 1 1 /2 cup mashed ripe sapodilla
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 unbaked 9" pie shell, deep-dish recommended
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Mix sugar, salt, cloves and cinnamon in a small dish.
- Beat eggs in a large bowl.
- Stir in sapodilla and sugar mixture.
- Gradually stir in milk, yogurt, honey and vanilla.
- Pour into pie shell. Bake 15 minutes; turn temperature down to 350 degrees and bake 25-30 minutes more or until firm.
- Serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts: 100 grams of Sapodilla
% of RDA
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