The Sapodilla fruit is round to egg-shape, around 2 - 4 inches in diameter. The skin is brown and scruffy when ripe. The flesh varies from yellow to shades of brown and sometimes reddish-brown, and may be smooth or of a granular texture. The flavor is sweet and pleasant, ranging from a pear flavor to crunchy brown sugar. Fruits can be seedless, but usually have from 3 to 12 hard, black, shiny, flattened seeds about 3/4 inch long in the center of the fruit.

Sapodilla Tree (2 years old)

  • Sapodillas are not strictly tropical and mature trees can withstand low temperatures down to -3 degrees for short periods of time. Young trees are more tender and can be killed if the temperature gets down to 0 degrees. The Sapodilla seems more at home in warm humid environments. Although it will grow in the milder parts of southern California, whether it will fruit regularly remains to be seen.They can handle many types of soil but will do best in loam.They are a very drought resistant fruit tree but can also handle plenty of rain.They will bear fruit around 5 years.They are best grown from seed as cuttings and marcoting do not work very successfully