Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sapodilla - Ice Cream Recipe

Sapodilla is a fruit that grows well in SW Florida. The trees are attractive and can produce many fruit. 
They are tolerant of poor soils and periods of draught, though providing them with irrigation during the dry season can help with increased fruit production. 

The bark contains a white sap called chicle that has been used as a base for chewing gum. 

The flavor is a bit like brown sugar and the texture a bit like a ripe pear.  Sapodilla can be eaten out of hand, but it makes an even better milkshake or ice cream. 

To use in recipes, remove skin and seeds and then puree. 

Sapodilla Ice Cream (no egg, no cook)

3/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups milk
pulp from 5 small sapodilla - about 1-1/3 cups
1 cup cane sugar

Blend all ingredients well. Process in ice cream maker. After processing, you can put in the freezer for a firmer ice cream.


Sideroxylon foetidissimum is a related tree that is native to FL. The taste reminds me of canistel mixed with sapodilla with a hint of cantaloupe. It contains quite a bit of latex. 

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