What is Egg Fruit or Canistel?

Eggfruit, an orange-yellow bright fruit, is quite distinctive because of its smooth and definite surface, and the name is obtained from its similarity in texture to a hard-boiled egg yolk.

Canistel is another name for the egg fruit. They are closely related to a popular fruit, Sapodilla or sapota, a tropical fruit. In fact, egg fruits are also designated as yellow sapote or various names in different world regions. 

Currently, egg fruits are mostly grown in Central America, Southern Mexico, and the Caribbean. In order to shield the skin of egg fruit as it is quite delicate, the fruit needs to be harvested using hands.

In the regions mentioned above, they are appreciated for their ripening time, mostly in winter or late fall. Therefore, egg fruits are available in such seasons in which previously there is very restricted accessibility of fruits.

holding egg fruit in my hands

Egg Fruit Health Benefits

Egg fruits are a magnificent originator of beta-carotene, which is a tint found mostly inside the flesh. This flesh is then transformed into Vitamin A inside the body, which improves humans’ immune system and will provide protection against vision loss.

They also provide phosphorus and calcium that helps in teeth and bones strengthening, and it is filled with iron that aids in the production of hemoglobin in the body to transfer the oxygen in the bloodstream.

How to Use Egg Fruit?

Canistel’s flesh has a mousse-like texture and is sweet, making it a good alternative for sugar in various recipes.

One of the popular ways to consume Canistel is by making an egg fruit nog. You need to start by peeling canistel fruit, making sure that it is ripe, and then separating the seeds. After detaching the seeds, you need to combine the following ingredients in a blender:

egg fruit nog in a glass on a cutting board surrounded by egg fruits

Egg Fruit Nog

  • 1 Egg Fruit
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 4 Dates
  • Just a hint of vanilla extract
  • Grated nutmeg (Just a small pinch of this is needed)

Enjoy this refreshing beverage!

Canistel is also best for:

  • Custards
  • Pie fillings
  • Ice-creams
  • Spreads

Baked items such as:

  • Loaves of bread
  • Cakes
  • Pancakes

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What does egg fruit taste like?

It has a very sugary but neutral flavor with elusive notes of mango, pumpkin, sweet potato, and some other tropical fruits. The egg fruit’s flesh carries hard, blackish-brown seeds about one to four in total that releases a noticeable squash-like or musky scent. 

Which fruit is known as egg fruit?

Canistel fruits are another name for egg fruits and are closely related to sapodilla or sapota, a tropical fruit. 

How do you know when a Canistel fruit is fully ripe?

Canistel continues to ripen off the tree at room temperature until it ripens fully. Whenever the egg fruit is harvested, the egg fruit will start to ripen for 3-10 days. In the process, it will turn from green to gold.

Even when the egg fruits are not fully ripened, it might still show a golden sheen. To avoid this confusion, one of the significant indicators is that you can see the gloss and the certain texture of the egg fruit that will help you know that it is riped entirely or not. 

Once it is fully ripened, it should be eaten or refrigerated as soon as possible. The pulp can also be combined with the sugar and frozen for six months.

Other Fruits To Read About

  1. Tuna Fruit
  2. Florida Pomelo
  3. Naseberry/Sapodilla
  4. Papaya
  5. Loquat Fruit
  6. Key Lime
  7. Seville Orange
  8. Guinep
  9. Golden Kiwi

egg fruits on cutting board

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