Fruit that tastes like chocolate
Imagine chocolate pudding, ready made, just hanging from a tree.
That's the Black Sapote fruit.
What is it:
It comes from the persimmon family, and originates from Central America and Mexico.
It's skin is ranges from green to brown, and its flesh is black-brown and custard like.
It has a sweet, mild flavour and when ripe, feels incredibly soft, similar to an overripe avocado.
What's in it:
A good source of vitamin A and C, potassium, and fibre.
How to eat it:
Fresh, frozen or as a base for delicious chocolate goods like smoothies, ice creams, mousses and of course, puddings.
Where can I get it:
So far, I've only seen it in Wholefoods House in Sydney, but they only had a handful. I know Cape Tribulation Exotic Fruit Farm in Queensland have them, but apart from that, they're a pretty rare find here in Australia. Ask your local grocer if they can source them for you!
From all the hype, I'd expected a rich chocolately custard that would be effortless to make, guilt-free, nutritious and provide a creamy chocolate hit. Turns out, it is mildly sweet, does have rich texture, but it's more like a date paste texture than soft custard. As for the chocolate hit, it's not really going to give you that, unless you have a really good imagination. If I shut my eyes, and really concentrated on the flavours I can see where some people think it does taste like chocolate. But for me the name is more representative of the colour and texture of the flesh, rather than the flavour.
I did really enjoy it though, and it's quite satisfying. If you can find one, I'd definitely recommend trying it!