Did someone say chocolate pudding?

Ok, with the recent announcement of world chocolate supplies being in jeopardy and possibly running out by the year 2020, we need to be worried people. According to stats, in 2013, the world consumed about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. Startling information to take in, but I’m sure world leaders and horticulturists everywhere are tackling this problem as I type.

In the meantime, let me introduce you to the Black Sapote or as I prefer to call it, the chocolate pudding fruit. It will never fully replace chocolate but it will fool you into believing you’re enjoying the smoothest, most comforting chocolate pudding dessert you’ve ever had.

DSC03821The Sapote is a species of persimmon that is native to eastern Mexico and Central America south to Colombia. Crops are also now becoming more common in North Queensland.

It’ll be a bright green colour and very firm to touch when you purchase it. At this point, it’s nowhere near ready to eat. You need to be very patient with this little baby. Sit it on the kitchen bench and wait… wait… pick it up and wait some more. Wait until the colour is a brownish green and the flesh is soft and spongy. The image above and below shows the fruit ripe and ready to go.

DSC03822High in vitamin C (apparently four times the amount found in an orange), it’s a fruit that’s worth waiting for and the best bit, it has a mouth-feel just like a velvety chocolate pudding. I was expecting sweet but it’s not a sweet fruit or a bitter fruit, it’s just… ummmm… delicious.

DSC03825DSC03826Scoop out, eat and enjoy it ‘a la natural’ or mix it with vanilla ice cream if you’re looking for something a little sweeter. From memory, I think I paid about $4 for one fruit and it took approximately three weeks to ripen. (Pretty sure I picked it up everyday, so my anticipation of loving this fruit was very high). Thankfully, it lived up to all of my expectations 🙂

DSC03830DSC03829Purchased from James Street Markets.