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.