Casimiroa (White Sapote) Tree
FRUIT-CASIM-1-6Regular price $40.00
We can't go past the Casimiroa tree because it tastes like ice cream but has the benefits of nutritious fruit - what better combination? The Casimiroa is an attractive large tree that can be pleached, espaliered, or planted as a shade tree in a large garden.
Urban Bounty Casimiroa trees come in a 3 litre pot and are grown from seedling. While grafted plants are better for smaller spaces, grow true to type and may fruit more quickly, plants grown from seedling tend to be more robust, larger plants and live longer. We know that one of the parents for our Casimiroa trees was a Wiki Wu - a sought after Sapote/Casimiroa variety.
About Casimiroa (Casimiroa Edulis, White Sapote, Mexican Apple)
Casimiroa is a fruit tree that is native to the Mexican highland and central America. It has beautiful green foliage and green fruit that look a little like a green apple. On the inside, the fruit is filled with a creamy white flesh and has a melon-like texture. The blossoms are a beautiful pale green, with a fragrant sweet smell.
Casimiroa is known as a prolific fruiter - one tree can produce up to 1000 fruit per season. It will take 4 - 8 years after planting to fruit (seed grown trees take longer to fruit). You can expect fruiting to occur between May and August.
Growing up to 5 metres high, this tree is ideal as a shade or orchard tree in a large garden or lifestyle block. If your space is slightly smaller, Casimiroa can also be espaliered. If you have enough space, add it to your tropical edibles collection.
Culinary Uses for Casimiroa (Casimiroa Edulis, White Sapote, Mexican Apple)
Packed with vitamin A and C, Casimiroa tastes a bit like ice cream or vanilla custard mixed with banana and peaches. We love it in smoothies and milkshakes, or creamy desserts like trifle. Add a touch of lemon or lime juice and add it to a delicious fruit salad, a fruit jelly, or sherbet.
Casimiroa fruit should be picked while they are still firm, and the colour has begun to change to a lighter shade of green. The fruit will continue to ripen off the tree, but avoid picking too early, as the flavour can be unpleasant if picked before the fruit is ready. Handle the fruit carefully, as it bruises easily. Like apples and pears, this fruit will brown after cutting.
Growing Conditions Casimiroa (Casimiroa Edulis, White Sapote, Mexican Apple)
Casimiroa trees love the sun. They prefer well-drained, sandy loam, but will grow in almost any soil (including clay) if drainage is taken care of. While some Casimiroa are self-fertile, we recommend that you companion plant with plants that attract bees, as this will improve your chances of a good crop.
Young Casimiroa trees need protection from wind, they are a fairly hardy tree that will withstand temperatures down to -4°C. Although they will survive dry conditions, moist soil is needed during late summer for a good fruit crop. Casimiroa are related to citrus, but don't need as much fertiliser. Too much fertiliser can actually decrease their fruiting production for a year or two!
Prune your Casimiroa in summer time, removing leggy growth and reducing about one third of the seasonal growth. This will encourage a much better shape. Hard pruning will result in more vigorous growth at the expense of pruning.
Climate and seasonal information - Casimiroa
Plant your Casimiroa in spring or early summer. (Be sure to keep your tree moist while it is young.) This tree is suited to warmer climates, but once established, it will survive in an area that has occasional frosts, down to -4°C. If you can grow Oranges and Avocado, you should be able to grow Casimiroa or White Sapote.