Image of a young Casimiroa or White Sapote plant, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ.  The five fingered leaves are a bright green colour.

Casimiroa (White Sapote) Tree

FRUIT-CASIM-1-6

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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.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.