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(səpō`tā), name for several Central American trees and their fruits. Sapotes, sweet and pulpy, are commonly seen in tropical markets and are usually eaten fresh, although some are also used in preserves, e.g., the green sapote (Ponteria viride or Calocarpum viride) and P. sapota or C. sapota, also called marmalade-plum. These and the yellow sapote (P. salicifolia or Lucuma salicifolia) are of the sapodilla family. The white sapote (Casimiroa edulis), of the rue family, has been introduced throughout the Caribbean area and is sometimes grown in S California. The various sapotes are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida. Ponteria (including Calocarpum and Lucuma) is classified in the order Ebenales, family Sapotaceae, Casimiroa in the order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.



a common name for several plant species of the family Sapotaceae which are cultivated in the tropics for their edible fruits. The tree most commonly called sapote is Calocarpum sapota, an evergreen native to southern Mexico and measuring about 20 m tall. The flowers are white; the fruits are ovate and brown and reach a length of 20 cm. The flesh of the fruits is red and sweet. The oil from the seeds is used in medicine, and the wood is used in cabinetmaking. The sapodilla is sometimes called sapote.

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agriculture the importation of fresh mamey sapote from Mexico would be subject to a series of measures taken by growers, packers and shippers that, in combination, minimize pest risks before a commodity is imported in the continental United States.
Los cambios en la madurez fueron mas evidentes para los frutos almacenados de 8 d y fueron drasticos en los del testigo, por lo que estuvieron muy blandos a los 15 d de almacenados a 25[grados]C, lo cual indica que los frutos de sapote mamey maduran facilmente despues de la cosecha (Arenas et al., 2001).
Los algarrobos forman bosques poco densos y mezclados con sapote, bichayo, faique; al borde de la carretera los i?1/2rboles forman a manera de avenidas, rodales que antes de 1983 no existieron, pero las abundantes lluvias de dicho ai?1/2o favorecieron el crecimiento y desarrollo.
En gran cantidad"; otros cuatro especimenes se citan como "asociado con Orthezia en plantas de sapote silvestre".
Also, in the study by Ramulu and Rao (2003) to 25 fruits including plum and apple, commonly known for their high fiber content, guava was only surpassed in their total dietary fiber by the sapote, which presented 2.40 g more in a sample of 100 g.
Por los 20 minutos se les da una fichita que dice 20 minutos, por la media hora una fichita que es de media hora, y por la hora una fichita que es de la hora, una carita feliz, para poder que arriba la senora sepa, la de 20 minutos es un corazoncito sapote, la de media hora tambien sapote, lleva 30 minutos, y la de una hora es azul y una carita feliz.
Flavor innovation has continued, with Bacardi leading the pack with creative iterations in their infusions line like the recent Wolf Berry (blueberry rum infused with wolfberry) and Black Razz (raspberry rum infused with black sapote); and Seralles introducing Don Q Pasion, a 60 proof rum flavored with passionfruit.
For example, one author reported a high prevalence of FBA associated with sapote fruit consumption in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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The forests here were also carefully managed in other ways, Oyuela-Caycedo believes, with the Indians planting semi-domesticated trees that bore all manner of fruit, such as macambo, sapote and jungle avocados.
The fruit itself, called sapote, or more properly sapodilla, has a fuzzy brown skin covering a yellow custard-like flesh that tastes of caramel and malt.