A round or oval-shaped fruit that ranges in size from 3 to 5 inches in length, from its woody stem to its end, which can be pointed or round. The canistel is native to the southern-most tip of Florida or throughout South America, where it is available from the end to the early months of the year. It has a thin, smooth, waxy rind that covers an orange colored, flaky-textured flesh. The flesh is sweet flavored and contains one or several large seeds. The canistel has a flavor that is very similar to a sweet potato saturated with butter or cream. It can be served fresh or baked and is most often served fresh as a snack, or used as an ingredient for a fruit salad, custards, pies, milkshakes, or lightly baked and served as a side dish for a meal. This fruit is also known as Egg Fruit, Yellow Sapote or Ties.

Canistel can be stored at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, depending on ripeness, before becoming soft and mushy.


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