White Sapote Fruit
White zapote is a tropical fruit typical of Central America, Mexico and northern South America, which can be found in various markets worldwide.
This fruit has different varieties , which despite having the same name, are not only different colors, but also have different flavors, being a little known fruit outside the mentioned places.
It is also worth mentioning that the zapote has a spherical shape and crushed on its edges and when reaching maturity it has a smooth, fibrous and soft skin .
Their different varieties have a pulp that can be black and / or orange, although in this case we are talking about the white Zapote, it has a pulp of the same color as its name. This fruit has a taste quite similar to that of papaya.
It is an evergreen tree that belongs to the family Rutaceae, which comes from Mexico; It grows around 6-10 meters high and has a thick trunk whose bark is gray , as well as a wide cup.
Its leaves are usually practically opposite , finger-shaped, compound and petiolate, in addition to having approximately five leaflets (although in some cases they can be found with 3-4 of them), which are bright green and have an elliptic-ovate shape.
Its flowers are grouped in panicles and are characterized by having a yellowish-green color , in addition to being pentámeras and very aromatic. And although its reproduction takes place through the seeds, it is possible to find some varieties that can be reproduced by grafting. Its fruit is a rounded drupe of a greenish-yellowish hue, which has a smooth skin and a little pruinous.
Its pulp, besides being juicy, bright and sweet, usually has a tone between white and yellowish. This fruit usually cracks when it reaches maturity , so it is necessary to tighten it slightly in order to know if it is ready to be consumed.
This fruit takes its name from the white color that characterizes its pulp, and has about 2-5 seeds inside that have a medium-large size and are free of germ.
The white zapote stands out for being a great source of nutrients , whose consumption allows to obtain iron, niacin, folate, copper, pantothenic acid and potassium, which turn out to be of great importance for the organism, because they help to maintain a good state of health. health, which is due to the fact that they are part of various metabolic processes by acting as cofactors of enzymes.
In addition, its fruits have a high content of both vitamin A and vitamin C , so its intake is really advisable to prevent the onset of colds and flu, since it helps to increase the defenses, while optimizing the state of mucous membranes, which are natural barriers that are responsible for fighting infections such as respiratory, among others.
However, the medicinal properties that stand out most of this fruit are the result of the content of essential oils that is present in the seeds of its fruit, and especially in the bark of the tree.
The white Zapote is characterized by being a variety highly valued due to the medicinal benefits it provides.
The whole plant from which this variety is produced, is usually used for different treatments, an example of this is that its fruit is used in order to avoid the development of flu, while its leaves are used to prepare infusions through which is possible to lower blood pressure, and its bark has astringent substances.
In the same way, other benefits of the white Zapote that can be mentioned are the following:
- Improves digestion: this variety of zapote is very appropriate to optimize the digestive processes carried out by the organism, since when consumed raw it is a great source that provides dietary fiber.
- Favors weight loss: white zapote has a high fiber intake not only soluble, but also insoluble. The first one generates a feeling of satiety when consuming a smaller amount of calories, while the second helps to reduce the speed with which the stomach expels digested foods.
- Optimizes cardiovascular health: due to its soluble fiber content, the consumption of this fruit helps control cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disorders.
- It helps fight anemia: one of the greatest additional benefits offered by this fruit is its contribution of vitamin B6, which is essential for the production of hemoglobin in the blood, to then transport it to the red blood cells around the body. In this way, it favors the oxygenation and the mobilization of iron through the body.
- Strengthens the bone and dental structure: it has a great contribution of calcium, which helps to maintain both the bones and the protected teeth, at the same time that it optimizes the blood coagulation and favors the muscular contractions.
- Improves the immune system: to have a high content of vitamin C, the consumption of this fruit helps fight and eliminate free radicals and in certain cases, triggers the immune response, which is actually a result of inflammation of the affected area .
- Oxygenates the brain: various studies indicate that the vitamin B3 contribution offered by the white Zapote helps prevent the development of Alzheimer’s, as well as some other brain disorders associated with aging, which cause cognitive deterioration.
- It acts as an anti-inflammatory: white Zapote has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which allows to combat various conditions of discomfort, such as for example: reflux-esophagitis, erosive gastritis, irritating disorders of the intestine and enteritis, etc.
- Helps to reduce premenstrual symptoms: this fruit is very good to reduce pain and even the level of blood lost during the menstrual cycle, as it helps to naturally balance the hormones making the cycle is regulated.
- It works as an energizer: the intake of this fruit provides a significant contribution of energy, which is very convenient for the body. It is necessary to mention that when consuming only a portion (around 100g) of white Zapote, it is possible to obtain approximately 80 calories, since it has a high amount of carbohydrates.
- It helps to have a healthier skin: eating this fruit due to its high iron content, allows to offer the skin a much healthier and naturally glowing appearance.
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.