Couepia floccosa Fritsch
Couepia kunthiana (Mart. & Zucc.) Benth.
Hirtella polyandra Kunth.
Moquilea kunthiana Mart. & Zucc.
Common Name: Zapote Amarillo
Zapote amarillo is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a spreading crown growing from 3 - 15 metres tall[
The fruit is gathered from the wild by local people, especially in Mexico, and the plant is occasionally cultivated for its fruit[
Central America - Panama north to northern Mexico and Cuba.
Occasional in damp thickets, usually at elevations below 600 metres[
]. Riverine forest and low woodland[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a sunny position. Established plants are fairly drought resistant[
Seedlings take about 6 years before they commence fruiting[
The fruit is eaten[
]. The juicy, yellow pulp is sweet but very fibrous[
]. The flesh is soft and sweet but the pulp is semi-dry and like egg-yolk in consistency. The orange-yellow fruit is 5 - 8cm long and 3 - 4cm in diameter, containing one large seed[
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