Pronunciation: [sap-oh-DEE-yuh]

The fruit of a native Central American tree that also yields chicle, from which chewing gum is made. The sapodilla ranges from 2 to 6 inches in diameter and has a rough, russet-brown skin. The flesh is soft, juicy and transluscent, ranges in color from yellowish to pinkish brown, and has a flavor that's akin to that of maple syrup. Choose fruit that's slightly soft and reveals a yellow color when scratched. Sapodillas will ripen at room temperature; refrigerate ripe fruit for up to 1 week. Enjoy alone or add to salads or fruit compotes.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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