White sapote: The delicious, nutritious fruit crop worthy of your consideration

The white sapote fruit. The fruit does well in a variety of soil types as long as there is good drainage. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The white sapote is planted widely in the south and central America and has caught up as a favourite fruit in the Mediterranean region and India.
  • Mature trees can withstand temperature drops to -6º C without injury, meaning highland frosts in Kenya will not be a problem for white sapote.
  • Overripe white sapotes have a flavour similar to overripe bananas.
  • White sapote is difficult to root plant, hence no success with cuttings is reported.

DURING MY RESEARCH travels in Nyanza and Western regions, I passed through Kiboswa market and noticed a thriving fruit trade with unique produce.

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