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Black sapote fruit: How do you know when to pick the fruit from a black sapote? Allow to ripen on the tree, pick green when fully grown, do they drop off when ready?
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Virginia1
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26th June 2007 9:29am
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Kath says...
Fruits change from a shiny, bright green to olive-green to a deep dark green when fully ripe.
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26th June 2007 9:54am
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Virginia says...
Kath, thanks for your response on my black sapote. It's been bright green for (it seems like)months. How long does the ripening process take? Where is Cawongla? Regards, Virginia
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2nd July 2007 9:44pm
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Kath says...
Cawongla is a little village about 14km from Kyogle.
The fruits of the black sapote will be green on the tree for quite a few months, they are harvested up here in the north coast from August through to November/December.
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3rd July 2007 1:21pm
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Anonymous says...
It would be interesting to hear how far south someone has managed to fruit black sapote . I saw one at Lapstone in fruit (Blue MTs West of Sydney)
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Lou says...
Does anyone know where the fruit black sapote is sold in NSW?
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6th November 2007 2:43pm
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Correy says...
You can get them from Tropical Fruit World they are in NSW.

I asked 3 fruit shops in Brisbane about Black Sapotes who had never heard of it so they got the manager who had heard of them but said they had never sold them and wouldn't be getting them in.
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6th November 2007 3:10pm
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Greg says...
Black Sapote or Chocolate Pudding fruit is ready to pick when the fruit begins to get a slight yellow greenish colour on the skin, and the calyx begins to seperate from the fruit. You can expect fruit to be ripening from August to December. Pick and allow to ripen inside, usually 3 - 5 days. Let fruit become very soft and then it is absolutely delicious, as young Torin found with his first encounter
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6th November 2007 6:43pm
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Donna says...
Hi Correy
I have 2 Black Sapotes - I bought them in May at a little fruit & vege shop at the Ettamogah Pub (next doorish to the Peanut shop)they had a few seedlings/babies of unusual plants - they ARE babies but growing well in pots.
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6th October 2008 9:29am
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karl says...
hi i hope this hlps u i got mine from wyee nursery if u know where that is if not email back i supose and i will explain were it is .
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LOLO says...
HI I WOULDN'T KNOW OF ANYONE THAT SELLS IT IN NSW BUT I DO KNOW OF SOME1 UP HERE IN DA TOP END N HIS GOT HEAPS N DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM...IT'S JUST A SUGESTION

CHEERS!!!
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DARWIN,NT
3rd September 2009 3:24pm
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aneh says...
does any one in perth have any they would like to sell?
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Charles says...
TAss1 Trees has them I think. Open weekends in Swan Valley, not cheap though, the equivalent of getting them over from Dailies your self and adding 20% i think.
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4th September 2009 2:48pm
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mmadeline says...
I just bought some at coles.
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9th September 2009 3:57pm
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Christopher davies says...
I have a black sapote tree around 5m full of large fruit but have had no luck getting them to ripen on or off the tree ?
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Christopher davies
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23rd September 2009 8:36pm
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
If you pick your fruits according to description from Kath and they are still hard then rinse or wet them with water and wrap them in news paper and place them in a box with ripe apples they should be soften in a few days.
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Hayden says...
Hi, does this tree need full sun or part shade. Will it grow I'n a large pot? I know you can get them from whey nursery for $30 but they are seedlings. Does anyone know how long they will take to fruit?? Thanks.
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15th November 2010 9:51pm
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DARREN says...
Hi I have a black sapote tree that has been 4 yrs since I planted it and it is 7 feet tall and has it's 1st lot of fruit they are currently about the size of a large plum and are growing fast can't wait till there ready.
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John Mc says...
I probably bought trees from the same batch of seedling trees from Wyee. They have been in the ground about two years and are flowering, A couple of fruit have stuck and are like DARREN's, the size of large plums.
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DARREN says...
I brought mine from daleys fruit on the mid north coast in three weeks they are as big as apples and still not sure of how much longer till ready to pick for ripening.
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JFMANGLYCHEE says...
Hi, U can get black sapote at fruit shop called fruit for life in the westfeild penrith plaza NSW, they sell them there a month or so before x-mas every year for the past 4 yrs ive seen them there, Very yummy when fully ripe, they almost look like u need to through them in the bin but that is the best time to eat em, supper soft n sweet
Cheers Ryan
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1st July 2011 10:09am
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Mike says...
If you look for a colour change before picking you will have lots drop to the ground.They ripen fast and some types show only a little colour change.Let a couple drop off and check the biggest for a raised calyx off the fruit and then pick.2 to 12 days later the fruit will soften overnight.Picked too soon they lack taste or have a taint.The ripening season can last a few months.The best flavoured ones seem to be the larger squarish or flattened ones with few small seeds.Eggs shaped fruit smaller than 150g seem to be poorer quality.Seedling trees have fruit just as good as grafted named varieties and some are better.
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Mike says...
Never let them drop as they are like soft vegemite and splatter.They often have huge crops and sometimes a second smaller fruiting takes place.Mine fruited a few months early this year with the last 450g fruit consumed this week.
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BJ says...
Though, you are guaranteed decent tasting fruit with grafted varieties. I've had a few seedlings that were so fibrous they looked like they were riddled with maggots. One truly massive type I came accross in NQ got huge, but was still underripe at a touch under 1kg. I left it to ripen for a few weeks but still hard, and when cut open (with force) was white/grey on the inside!
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1st July 2011 4:56pm
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Mike says...
When you pick them they are white and crunchy inside and stain dark like some bananas or avos when cut.I haven't seen many stringy ones unless picked too soon.A tree at kamerunga that the council chopped down had huge 1kg seedless fruit that were great.The older trees that are in back yards in NQ are mostly seedling and are high proportion are very good.
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liz pine mt qld says...
we have black sapote on our tree now I picked one to test ripen last week and now it is deep yellow but no softer. will do another "test pick" in one month. Last year we left them on tree untill dark brown and they fell to the ground and tasted like %#@*!
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30th July 2011 1:12pm
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jason says...
Visited Rusty's Market in Cairns and bought black sapote at $3 a kilo. Went outside and, a few metres away, a tree loaded with sapotes in the main street, unrecognised and ignored by passers-by.Strange,no?
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Nick says...
That is strange, Im sure if I stumbled upon a sapote tree, I'd make the most of it.
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30th July 2011 6:38pm
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Mike says...
The tree is on sheridan street between the police station and rusty's and is loaded with small fruit for months at a time.
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Christopher davies says...
I live on the northern Beaches and have a year old black sapote , fruiting successfully after 3 years . Pruned top at 5m to keep in check . Fruit take a year to develope .
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YH says...
I bought a Daley's tree ('Mosman') from Hargraves in Dural in 2013. It is really vigorous and I have had to prune it seriously to maintain a manageable size in my backyard. I had some fruits last year but did not get to eat any. I threw away as they looked rotten. I have about 15 this year, the largest being about 9 cm diameter. I am not sure whether they are susceptible to fruit flies, so I've wrapped the largest ones in old socks and have been spraying the rest with eco-oil when not too windy or raining. After Looking at the earlier posts, I think I might harvest 1 or 2 and bring them in. I am in southern Sydney in the Shire.
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Maree K says...
I have a black sapote tree which is about 6 years old. It is quite large and bushy (about 4-5m high and 3m wide). I have 2 fruit on it at the moment and lots of flowers. I have been getting lots of flowers for the last few years but no fruit. Do I need a pollinator?
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YH says...
I have only one tree, so I don't think you need a pollinator. We do have more fruits coming on since my last post, and have eaten a few. I also stopped bagging the fruits as it does not seem to make much difference (yet) although fruit fly is a major problem here. A few small exposed ones were sun burnt on one side after the last heat wave. I brought them in, and they also ripened satisfactorily after 10 to 14 days.

We use a complete Citrus fertiliser twice a year, plus regular chicken poo pellets ('Dynamic lifter'). It also get a bucket of water about once a week.

Our tree is in a 2.4m x 2.4m x 1.2m high ecopine planter box which sits on a clayey corner of the block. It threatened to topple over with the bad weather we had been having here and I had to crosstie the tree to some star pickets. It seems to me that the root system is not very extensive or very deep. I believe that regular heavy pruning might be needed to allow the root system to cope with the top growth which can be very vigorous.

Regarding pruning - All my trees tend to put on a lot of vegetative growth, and I prune regularly (some rather savagely) after the fruit season to keep them under a certain height, to maintain the shape (particularly persimmons) and to open up the structure (particularly citrus). I pruned my 5 feijoas to almost bare last season and they are heavy now with good sized fruit (although how much will be edible is a different matter because of the fruit flies).
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19th March 2017 9:17pm
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Dragonfly says...
I thought that I had bought a black sapote tree from Daleys a few years ago.

It has attempted to fruit in previous years but never really took. This tree has had a bit of a rough life.

Now I have a fruit that has been on the tree for at least three months possibly four. It is dark green and hard. I've been wondering when to pick it.

I looked at the YouTube video of Kath from Daleys talking about a black sapote and my fruit looks nothing like that.

Anyone know what I have got and when I am supposed to pick it?

Kind regards

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21st April 2017 3:10pm
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Dragonfly says...
I found it !

Good old google images.

It's a Babaco.

Dang, all this time I thought I had a black sapote.

It's growing in a pot in the lower Blue Mountains. A very hard tree. Moving it to Cowra NSW soon.

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Jane lawrdnce says...
We have a tree and it full of fruit when do i pick fruit some have gone a darker green colour than a beight green normal the bird's get our before we relise they are read to eat
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Figbarron says...
You wait until the calyx rises off the fruit as explained in Kaths video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvIlsQT_LY
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