History and Facts:
It has been reported that the canistel is naturalized on the Florida Keys, and Florida is the only state in the continent able to grow the canistel. It is an egg-shaped fruit with a thin, glossy skin. The flesh is pumpkin-colored, and somewhat flaky. The canistel's flavor is similar to a cooked sweet potato mixed with heavy cream. Some Floridians enjoy the fruit with salt, pepper and lime or lemon juice or mayonnaise, either fresh or after light baking.
Canistels are rich in niacin and beta carotene (vitamin A) and provide a fair source of vitamin C.
If kept at room temperature, the fruits will soften in 3 to 10 days. They should not be allowed to become too soft and mushy before eating. Unfortunately, no studies have been made to determine optimum temperature and humidity levels for long-term storage and long-distance shipping.
November to March