I've decided to introduce my readers to a rare tropical fruit- it may or may not be in your local grocery store/farmers' market. But, if you ever come across this fruit, you will know exactly what to do with it and maybe even propagate your own chocolate pudding fruit tree! Chocolate pudding fruit (black persimmon or black sapote) is grown in semi-tropical/tropical climates, and is really quite average-looking as far as fruits go:
|Chocolate Pudding Fruit|
|The lifted calyxes of a ripe chocolate pudding fruit|
|A ripened fruit- notice how soft the meat has gotten by the dent in its skin|
Cut the ripened fruit down the middle and pull the sides apart- you will see that the meat is dark brown, like chocolate! There are also large, almond-like seeds that you might want to save. Just scoop out the meat with a spoon- Be careful not to rip the skin, which will make the meat harder to remove. This meat can be eaten fresh and has a custard-like consistency. It can also be used in many recipes, one of which I will share with you now...
|The meat of a ripened fruit and seeds, ready to propagate|
Unfortunately, the chocolate pudding fruit does not taste like chocolate... but, before you leave, I have a recipe that will make it creamy and chocolaty! Here is my version of Chocolate Pudding Fruit Chocolate Pudding: