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Diospyros digyna
Diospyros nigra Blanco2.372-cropped
Illustration of D. digyna
Conservation status
Taxonomy
Kingdom

Plantae

Phylum/Division

Magnoliophyta

Class

Magnoliopsida

Order

Ericales

Family

Ebenaceae

Genus

Diospyros

Species

D. digyna

Naming and discovery
Discovered

Jacq.

Diospyros digyna (Black Sapote, Black Persimmon, Chocolate Pudding Fruit, or Zapote Prieto) is a species of flowering plant in the Ebenaceae family. It is native to Mexico and Central America down to Colombia. In south Florida, it is often confused with the Coco Fruit, a close relative. It is unrelated to the white sapote (Casimiroa edulis) and the Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota). Mature members of this species can grow over 82 feet in height and are evergreen. They are very sensitive to frost. The leaves are elliptic, oblong, tapered at both of their ends, glossy, and 3.9 to 12 inches long.

The fruit is tomato-like and measure from 2-3.9 inches in diameter. These have inedible skin that is olive to yellow-green when ripe. The edible pulp inside turns from white when unripe to a color similar to chocolate pudding when ripe.

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