Chocolate DOES Grow on Trees!

There are so many amazing fruits here in Reunion that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Mangoes, dragonfruits, pineapples, and of course lychees all make a regular appearance in my house. But there’s one special fruit that I always buy when I see it at the markets – black sapote.

In English, we also call it « chocolate pudding fruit » because the flesh is creamy, rich and a deep chocolate brown colour. When it’s in season, I buy several black sapotes and take out the flesh, then freeze it to use all year round. It makes delicious popsicles, smoothies and tarts that taste like normal dark chocolate but are probably much better for you!

If you buy a black sapote to try at home, make sure it turns olive green and is very soft before eating it. When it looks rotten and you’re tempted to thrown it away, it’s ready to eat. Just split the fruit in half, scoop out the flesh with a spoon and put aside the seeds to plant your very own chocolate tree.

My favourite recipe using black sapote is incredibly simple. Scoop out the flesh of a ripe black sapote and put in in a blender. Add 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice from 3 oranges ad a pinch of cinnamon powder. Blend until everything is combined, then chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before sprinkling with grated orange zest. Bon appetit!

Vocabulary

Amazing – extraordinaire
To pick – choisir
Dragonfruit – pitaya
Flesh – chair
Deep – profond 

To freeze – geler
All year round – toute l’année
Popsicle – glace à l’eau
Make sure – s’assurer
Rotten – pourri 

Throw away – jeter
Split – diviser
To scoop out – retirer
Ripe – mûr
Pinch – pincée 

To blend – melanger
To chill – mettre au froid
Sprinkling – saupoudrage
Grated – rapé

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