Thursday, April 7, 2011

Manilkara zapota

Manilkara zapota, commonly known as the sapodilla, is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Sapodilla can grow to more than 30 m (98 ft) tall with an average trunk diameter of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). I know, I have one such tree in my yard. Unfortunately, my tree has always been busy growing tall and putting out branches and leaves, but never bore any fruits which suit me fine because I do not care much for these fruits. If I did, I can come here (this is NOT my tree) near an abandoned railroad track where you can get all the fruits you want. Today, they are falling all over the ground and those beautiful large and ripe fruits just lay there under the sun untouched. If I were a good entrepreneur, I could collect these and sell them at a neighboring fruit stand to become rich. You think I should?


ol Doc said...

When I was little, we lived at what would have been 1139 NW 7th Court in Miami - Just off llth street at Northwest 7th court. Today it is part of the Metrorail system's property. Our house and small rental apartments are long gone now. The sapodilla tree was still there, last time I heard. It was a great old fruit bearing tree. Mom and Dad made jam from the harvest. Good memories, thank you!

Monica said...

YUMMY! That is my favorite fruit. What abandoned railroad track is that by? If you don't mind sharing :)