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Help identify this fruit?

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Any ideas? It is about 4-5 inches long. It is insanely astringent right now, we couldn't eat it. The other ones are sitting in a fruit ripener. Bought it in Chinatown...

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        1. It does appear that all these suggestions are in the sapote family. Certainly it looks like a smaller version of the Mamey. But it isn't exactly like the other sapotes I've seen.

          Does anyone know if it will ripen? If so, the best way to ripen it? And if it doesn't ripen is there something else I can do with it? I have 5 left.

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          1. re: moh

            The standard method for ripening "things" is to put them in a brown paper bag with an apple and let the ethylene gas do its work. I have no experience with this particular fruit but it seems worth a try.

          2. nispero (spanish name) it is very sweet when ripe.

            1. It's some kind of sapodilla-nazeberry-sapote. My very favorite fruit in the whole world. And it doesn't look ripe at all.


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              1. re: mlgb

                Yes, I belive it is indeed a sapodilla! thanks!

              2. It looks like a Spodilla to me (also called Chickoo in some places).

                Sadly it's one of those annoying fruits that won't ripen properly once picked. You need it to be ripe when you purchase it (ripe off the tree really). When ripe it tastes like caramel. Lovely.

                It is likely not to ripen for you now. Sitting it with some bananas may help, but I think you are going to be frustrated as it shrivels up.....


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                1. re: pomegranates

                  I just tried one of the softer ones. We left it out for about 5 days. It is much softer than before, and the colour of the pulp changed to orange brown. The taste and texture reminded me of a pear combined with a caramel/creme brulee. I liked it, hubbie did not. It is definitely riper than when we originally bought it, and on the site that Mlgb posted, it stated that it would ripen of the tree. Now, it may be better to eat one which has been tree ripened, or mor ripe initially. But it definitely ripened in the fruit ripener.

                  1. re: moh

                    The ones we used to get had an almost cinnamon taste when they were properly ripe... soft but with a bit of grit in texture, they shouldn't be crunchy. It should be really sweet... some people even think they are too sweet.

                    1. re: mlgb

                      Yes, that sounds like what i had! Indeed,there is a cinnamon taste. Phew! i hate not knowing what I am eating...

                2. I don't know what it is called, but in Jamaica those are known as nesberries ( I don't even know how to spell it). It has a very peculiar taste and a grainy texture?

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                  1. re: sweetie

                    Yes that is the same thing...I always spell it naseberries but who knows if it's right.