"Are those Potatoes?" This question has been trending at our Pop-Up Markets this season. No doubt its been asked because this fruit has the exact same exterior as a Potato. However , When the fruit is opened with the use of a knife or hand, Nothing compares to the juicy caramel sweet pulp on the inside.
Sapodilla, also known as Dilly, Naseberry ,Chikoo can be found in abundance when in season. Dilly is native to The Caribbean , Mexico and Central America.
Dilly has quickly ascended to first place on the local fruit chart. This fruit is grown in bunches/clusters. Its shape can be oval, pointy or round. They are found growing on very tall trees.The texture can be smoothe or grainy, which depends on the variety of the tree. Dilly depending on the variety can grow year round, but are most prolific during the months of February to May.
Video: Dilly tree at our farm Andros, Bahamas.
Dilly is mostly harvested from trees and "put up to ripe" Let me explain. Due to the high perishable nature of this fruit, Most people harvest them when its full.
Here is an old trick to help with the ripening process:
Harvest full fruit from the tree wash in salt and water
Allow to air dry and place in brown or eco friendly paper bag
Store in a warm dark place (like cupboards) for 1-3days.
Cut when soft to touch, Enjoy!
Dilly is known to have many health benefits, rich in vitamin C and E. Dilly can also be an excellent source of fibre and aids in the digestion process.
So the next time you see this amazing fruit remember to grab a few and enjoy!
Photo: Freshly harvested dilly.
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