CANISTEL RARE Fruit Tree Saludo Yellow Sapote Pouteria campechiana LIVE SEEDLING



cultivar: Saludo

Pouteria campechiana

Yellow Sapote, Egg Fruit

Native to Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Canistel is a very prolific bearing fruit tree.
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You are bidding on * live bare root seedlings with vigorous root systems * inches tall with * leaves born and grown in Hawaii.

Canistel seedling for sale


Cultivated in Florida, Central America and throughout the West Indies, Brazil, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

  The Canistel, Pouteria campechiana, is a member of the Sapotaceae (mamey sapote family).

The Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) is an evergreen tree that grows up to 35 feet high. Related to the Abiu, Pouteria caimito, Canistel is a very prolific bearing fruit tree with glowing yellow, waxy skinned fruit with a pulp that has the consistency of a hard-boiled egg yolk.

Fruits are bright orange and oblong to almost round, but usually most have a point at one end. Size can vary from two and a half to as much as five inches in diameter, approximately the size of a peach. The thin skin changes from green to orange / yellow when with deep yellow mealy flesh. The flavor is very fragrant and sweet.  


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Canistel Fruit
Saludo is a variety with large round fruits with moist delicious flesh.

Please note that this large cultivar is not the same as other lesser Canistel seedlings offered on eBay.


Pouteria campechiana

Yellow Sapote, Egg Fruit


Cold Hardiness:

Foliage damaged at 32° F (0° C), serious damage at 26° F (-3° C) Primarily tropical.

Grows quite well in Florida and is frost tolerant. Grows outdoors in Southern California, but fruit production is low.

Trees prefer protected areas since they are cold-sensitive, particularly when small, and should be protected from frost or freeze. Large trees will suffer severe damage at about 28°F. Trees grow quickly, often three to four feet a year, and prefer slightly acid soils for best growth.

On highly alkaline soils, micronutrient deficiencies may occur which may require treatment with nutritional sprays. Salt tolerance is fair to good with this tree, but it should be protected from really exposed areas close to salt water.

Canistel is a must in any subtropical orchard due to it's relatively good cold tolerance and drought tolerance once established.

Once established is prolific in even the shallowest of soils.

Canistel Fruits size can vary from 2.5 to as much as 5 inches in diameter, approximately the size of a peach.


    Saludo is a variety with large round fruits with moist delicious flesh. The spectacular orange yellow fruit has a rich, sweet flavored pulp tasting similar to a sweet potato or chestnut. Canistel flesh is sweet, with a texture often compared to that of a cooked egg yolk, hence its colloquial name of "Egg Fruit." The plant's name in the Vietnamese language is cây trang gà (“chicken egg” plant) because of the appearance of the fruit. The  absolutely delicious fruit varies in shape and size from mostly round and to long stemmed with a tapered point at the apex.

           Highly favored in the tropics, the Canistel is rarely grown in the United States. Fruits are large pointed and ovaloid in size and shape. The highly nutritious fruits are eaten fresh or used in custards, pies, breads, ice creams and other desserts. The fruit is delicious eaten fresh out of hand with a little salt and lemon juice added. Canistel fruits are often added to sweet custards or made into delicious eggnog like milk shakes.  Flesh is eaten fresh out of hand and also used for pies, milk shakes and ice cream. The color of the flesh is similar to an egg yolk which gives it one of its common names, Egg Fruit.



         Pouteria campechiana trees seem to have a good wind tolerance and are very adaptable to various soils and climates. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils, and can grow in poor soil. Grow in part-shade or full sun. Water regularly. Very hardy and will grow in most subtropical regions.

Description: A mid-sized tree, usually 20-40ft, but up to 100ft. Leaves are slender, glossy, and sharply tapered at the base. It features attractive velvet like branches and large evergreen leaves. Branches contain a gummy latex. Seedling trees produce in 3-6 years, grafted or air layered trees a year or two earlier. Fruiting generally occurs during the winter months and on into spring. Small greenish-white flowers in small clusters are produced from late spring through early fall and the fruits mature primarily September through March.

Attractive Canistel Fruit Tree has velvet like branches and large evergreen leaves.
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 Canistel Pie

Canistel Fruit Pie

2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cloves or nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup mashed canistel
2 cups cream
1tsp lime juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 unbaked deep-dish pie shell


Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix sugar, salt and spices in small dish. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in canistel and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in cream and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Bake 15 minutes in preheated oven; turn temperature down to 300°F and bake about 30 minutes more or until firm.

Serve with whipped cream.


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