Black sapote (Diospyros nigra) is a tropical fruit native to eastern Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. It is a species of persimmon. Various other common names are such as black persimmon, chocolate-fruit and chocolate pudding fruit, black soap apple, and (in Spanish) Zapote Prieto. Black sapote is not related to white sapote or mamey sapote. It is a tomato-like fruit with a thin and firm rind.
The fruit has around 2 to 10 seeds that are dark red-brown. It is having an inedible skin that turns from olive to a deep yellow-green when ripe and a pulp which is white and inedible when unripe. It is known as the chocolate pudding fruit for its dark brown, custard-like flesh. This fruit has a light flavor with a rich texture. It is often eaten on its own or blended with dates to make a sweet, creamy “chocolate” pudding. It is also called a desert fruit that plays a vital role to benefit overall health due to fiber, vitamin, and potassium content.
Black Sapote Benefits:
- It is a healthier alternative as it is low in fat
- Contains about four times as much vitamin C as an average orange
- It is a good source of fiber and potassium
- As the black sapote is a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in building the body’s immune system.
- Helps in digestion
- A good source of vitamin A which helps improves vision
- It is a good source of potassium as it contains about 350mg of the crucial mineral
- Fruit helps in weight loss
- The antioxidant activity of vitamin E exerts a potential protective role in the development of diseases associated with aging