Yellow Sapote

Yellow Sapote Sliced

Yellow Sapote (Canistel) Bonsai Diary 

I ran across information about Canistel, also named Yellow Sapote.  I became intrigued because it is tropical, I've never had it before, and it has been described as the texture of a cooked egg-yolk with a custard-ish flavor (cooked egg yolk sprinkled with sugar), or sweet potato-like.

Many people use this for vegan cheesecake, flan and custard dishes.  Much too tempting for me - a natural comfort food.

Then I think of the potential of having this with Black Sapote for a home grown natural desert and it was kind of a no-brainer. I purchased some seeds. The seeds were too dehydrated to be viable, so I ordered a tree instead.  This tree will be named Soledad (solitude).

Canistel is a great candidate for container gardening. I have not found a bonsai sample image yet.  A benefit of canistel is the tree may bear fruit in as little as three to four years when grown from seedling.


Let's Get Growin


October 29, 2017 - 1939 Days To Fresh Fruit
Canistel or Yellow Sapote


The Puerto Rico Canistel is getting nice dark green leaves.  The branches are kind of funny because they look like they could hold a table top - they are growing out so evenly.  

This is another tree that would do well kept short with a wide canopy to protect the root ball.  Maybe we can top this one off at 4' tall and see what happens. Force thicker trunk, although a short trunk seems to be a natural growth pattern.







Canistel or Yellow Sapote

August 6, 2017 - 2023 Days To Fresh Fruit


The Puerto Rico Canistel is doing great!  It looks like it wants to branch out and has a central lead that is getting ready to take off still.

We did move it to the other side of the protected area for a while and the leaves got burnt, so we moved it back with limited sun exposure.  It seems to be really happy with a little sunshine.  The leaves are still growing closely together and look really green.

The leaves are very perky and lifted, and it seems to have grown some since being situated in our climate and micro climate.

The seed grown canistel did recover, made some new leaves and branches and it was gifted to my
Canistel or Yellow Sapote
son.  We will see how it does in a high desert greenhouse.

The leaves are very interesting because they are so thickly ribbed on the underside and are so thick they seem prehistoric.  It adds architectural interest, similar to the mamey sapote leaves and appearance.  Not as rigid as post type cacti and not as soft as as the rounded opuntia cacti, but similar structure to maybe a sword type agave.

It adds a really interesting value to the landscape.  Hoping eventually these can get moved out to the full sunshine in a few more years.

I think these and the mamey sapote will probably be kept a shorter stature as too many of the fruits would be a little overwhelming to eat in a season...

April 8, 2017 - 2143 Days To Fresh Fruit And A Taste Preview
Canistel Fruit


After receiving the grafted canistel from our favorite Etsy seller, we ordered another tropical tree and Scooby sent a sample canistel for us to try out.

The fruit is very aromatic.  I can't really place the scent. Tropical... yes.  Kind of a pineapple smell with a high lemon note finish. I don't get the musky smell people have written.

Canistel with salt
The flavor is like banana, but less sweet than banana and the texture is super creamy. Not grainy like some people complain about. I would agree that it is creamy like a cooked egg yolk, silky and fine.  It is not as earthy as sweet potatoes.

I tried a bit with some salt, and it tasted pretty good with that. I read someone ate it with chocolate, and that sounds really good... So eggfruit, cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutty soy milk would make a pretty yummy tasting smoothie.

The seeds are quite large.  They have a very smooth, dark side which is really nice and seems to be
Canistel seeds
coated with a part of the fruit that is more of a latex-fruit texture that peels away.  The hilum (seed bellybutton) is heavily textured and clings to the fruit.  The abrupt texture change is quite striking.

The seller is on Etsy(sc00bySnacks69) and provided great support to all questions about the plant and care.  Seller also ships the plants very securely. 



grafted canistel

April 1, 2017 - 2151 Days To Fresh Fruit


We have a seed grown canistel, which is unbelievably recovering after a total leaf drop.  I guess the transplanting was too traumatic to keep everything else going while the roots were recovering.  We also have a grafted canistel.

The grafted canistel is looking pretty good.  Although the leaves aren't looking so perky right now... This is what happened to the first one before all the leaves dropped off.

After losing all the leaves, the first canistel was a stick
Seed grown canistel
jutting from the little pot. We continued watering it faithfully and it seems to be recovering.

We will continue caring for these guys faithfully and hope they both do well.

We don't see anything glaring about the tree care that could be affecting these trees which we are not providing right now.

March 1, 2017 - Probably No Fruit and No Plant


So, the leaves have become crispy and dried.  The plant still looks super depressed (leaves never did pick up after shipping).  I think this one is a dud and I'll not purchase a Canistel from Polynesian Produce Stand again (7-Heads on eBay).  I'll continue watering, although slow it down for now and see if any leaves recover on the top.  It can happen...

Canistel should never have the limp depressed look... at least not for a healthy plant.

February 21, 2017 - 2189 Days To Fresh Fruit
Yellow Sapote Seedling Root Bound


The tree was purchased from Polynesian Produce Stand online. I'm not sure of the age of the seedling at time of purchase.  It takes up to 6 years to get fruit from a seedling, so we must be patient. The assumption is a 6 year start wait time.

Yellow Sapote
The seedling is quite tall, and quite rootbound!  I'll have to cut the little pot off of the plant to avoid damaging the roots.