|Yellow Sapote Sliced|
Yellow Sapote (Canistel) Bonsai Diary
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
|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|
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
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|
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
The seller is on (sc00bySnacks69) and provided great support to all questions about the plant and care. Seller also ships the plants very securely.
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|
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.