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Sapote or tzapotl is a Nahuatl language word for a soft, edible fruit. The word is incorporated into the common names of several unrelated fruit-bearing plants native to Mexico, Central America and northern parts of South America.

  • Black sapote (Diospyros digyna), family Ebenaceae, a species of tree native to eastern Mexico and Central America south to Colombia.
  • Green sapote, family Sapotaceae, a species from lowland southern Mexico that is closely related to mamey sapote.
  • Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota), family Sapotaceae, a species of tree native from southern Mexico to northern South America.
  • Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota), family Sapotaceae, a species of tree native to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and possibly El Salvador.
  • South American sapote (Quararibea cordata = Matisia cordata), family Malvaceae, a species of tree native to the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
  • White sapote (Casimiroa edulis), family Rutaceae, a species of tree native to northern and central Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.[1]
  • Yellow sapote (Pouteria campechiana), family Sapotaceae, a species of tree native to Mexico and Central America.
  • Chapote (Diospyros texana), family Ebenaceae, a species of tree native to the state of Texas in the United States and Northern Mexico.[2]

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