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Canistel
(Pouteria campechiana)
Canistel - Exotic Tropical Fruit from Cape Tribulation

Comes from Central America. Orange fruit, with a very rich flavour, and a consistency like boiled egg-yolk. An important part of the diet in ancient Peru.

Soil
Characteristics
Wide range of soil types provided drainage is good
Climate Requirements

Warm humid areas - can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics. Comes from the headwaters of the Amazon

Culture

Young trees need protection from cold wind. Only light pruning is required. In fruit fly susceptible areas fruit can be bagged for protection. Light feeding frequently.

Harvesting

Two crops a year between January and September. Usually some fruit on trees most of the year. Pick when firm but mature - at least half yellow half green. If picked too green, the milky latex on the skin will stick to your lips when you eat it.

Length of time
until first crop
Three years. Grafting is recommended
Marketing Notes

High level of acceptability at the fruit tastings. Currrently being sent to markets in southern capital cities. Fruit is very fragile and needs to bepacked carefully.

 

Food Preparation

The flesh can be dried to a powdery meal which can be used as a flavouring.

Add lemon juice to the pulp to make a custard like sauce.

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Canistel
This site is a chapter from a book written by Julia Morton, Miami, Florida. Gives a detailed desription of the different varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses.You can purchase this classic book Fruits of Warm Climates online from Amazon.

 

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Last updated November 6, 2014