|CASIMIROA EDULIS - White Sapote |
A medium sized tree from Mexico and Central American highlands, it is a member of the Rutaceae family, which contains the citrus. Although listed as an evergreen, it drops a number of leaves during the dormant or winter period. The flowers are small and green/white in short clusters in the axils of mature leaves or on leaf shoots. The 3-4" fruit has a thin green-to-yellow skin and soft, creamy-colored, very sweet pulp surrounding 2-5 seeds. The tree may have two crops a year, grows well in Southern California and Florida (freezes at about 26°F). Propagated by seeds (7-8 years for fruiting), grafted or airlayered.