The tree of the Caimito ,or its latin name Chrysophyllum cainito, is a fruit which bears no resemblance to any other.
These fruits are found mostly in Latin American countries of course Mexcio being one of them. The rich colours and hues, moving from purple to green are certainly an eye catcher, especially for the tourists. The texture of the fruit is soft and semi sweet .It is easily found on the markets at this time of year which is usually eaten fresh.
Here at The Pickled Onion we cut into wedges served at breakfast along with our variety of fruits.I like to give the guests a taste of unknown fruits so when they go to the markets they will recognize it and know the flavours .
As with most plants and fruits they have medicinal properties also and the Caimito is no exception. The bark of the tree has been used to treat diarrhea and the leaves by making a poultice can be applied to bruises.the leaves also with infusion of honey acts as an expectorant .
Another one of my favourites is Zapote or sapote which comes from the Sapodilla Tree otherwise known as Arbol de Chicle or chewing gum tree.
The texture is similar to a pear but with the colouring of rust brown.Being a delicate flavour and of pleasant taste.Again we serve with the breakfast when in season.
The crushed seeds are used as a remedy for kidney stones and an alcohol extract made with the seeds can be used in small amounts taken before meals to help calm the nerves or for headaches .
I love when the local fruit is available so that the guests can have this experience of the abundance of fruit that we have here in the Yucatan.
Only one of the reasons why I love living here in the Yucatan !