Sapote

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Sapote (from Nahuatl tzapotl)[1] is a term for a soft, edible fruit. The word is incorporated into the common names of several unrelated fruit-bearing plants native to Mexico, Central America and northern parts of South America. It is also known in Caribbean English as soapapple.


Sapotaceae[edit]

Some but not all sapotes come from the family Sapotaceae:

  • Sapodilla, also called naseberry (Manilkara zapota) is native to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and possibly El Salvador. The Sapotaceae were named after a synonym of this species.
  • Yellow sapote (Pouteria campechiana) is native to Mexico and Central America.
  • Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is from southern Mexico to northern South America.
  • Green sapote (Pouteria viridis) is native to lowland southern Mexico.

Ebenaceae[edit]

Sapotes from the Ebenaceae family include:

Other sapote[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watson, George (April 1938). "Nahuatl Words in American English". American Speech. 13 (2): 113–114. doi:10.2307/451954. JSTOR 451954.
  2. ^ "Casimiroa edulis". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2009-03-26.