What is the shelf life of sapodilla (sapotes)? 

Sapote trees are native to Mexico and Central America. They are also known as “chaya”, “Zapote Blanco”, or “sapodilla.” Sapotes are delicious fruits with a sweet flavor and soft texture.

In this article, we will discuss how long sapotes can be stored for consumption.

How to tell if sapotes are ripe?

The fruit’s surface ripens from green to green-yellow and has a textured, bumpy, and waxy feel, sometimes coated in a faint bloom. Ripe sapotes usually have a slight give when pressed, and they bruise easily.

Beneath its skin, the flesh varies in color from white to ivory, to yellow, and has a creamy, soft, dense, avocado-like consistency.

How long do sapotes last?

  • Room temperature: 2 to 5 days or until ripe
  • Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days once ripe
  • Freezer: 10 to 12 months (best quality)

The shelf life of sapotes depends on the storage conditions. Whole, unopened White sapotes should be ripened at room temperature. Once ripe, the fruits can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Sapotes can also be befrozen and kept for up to a year.

How long do sapotes last in the fridge?

Sapote can be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator. To extend their shelf life, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and then put them in an air-tight container.

Do not refrigerate sapote unless it is fully ripe. Ripening at room temperature will result in juicier and tastier fruit.

Can I freeze sapote?

Yes, you can freeze sapotes for up to one year. Just follow these steps:

  • Wash your sapote thoroughly.
  • Flash freeze the fruit in a single layer on parchment paper or aluminum foil for about 40 minutes. You can either freeze it whole or cut the fruit into smaller pieces.
  • Then transfer the frozen fruit to an airtight container and store it in the freezer. Thaw before using.)

Remember to keep frozen sapotes in the freezer at all times. They will last longer if they are kept cold.

How do you store sapote?

They are best stored at room temperature, but they can be kept in a refrigerator or freezer. Store sapotes at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate. If you want to store them longer, remove the seeds from the fruit before freezing.

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