Craving Chocolate Pudding? Eat This Fruit Instead!

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Ever wish there were a fruit that tasted like chocolate? Well, guess what: A tropical fruit called black sapote, a species of persimmon that is native to eastern Mexico and Central America, may make your dream come true.

Also referred to as chocolate pudding fruit, black sapote is known for its creamy texture and chocolate-like flavor. It’s best eaten fully ripe (which means almost mushy) with the seeds removed and the dark flesh scooped out of the skin, similar to how you would eat an avocado. Though it is called chocolate pudding fruit, it doesn't exactly have the same taste but rather the consistency of the dessert, making it an ideal ingredient for mousse, ice cream, and other desserts. And since it is an actual fruit, the good news is it doesn’t have as many calories as chocolate pudding.

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However, it might be a little higher in calories than you might expect a fruit to be; one serving (slightly less than 1/2 cup) is 130 calories. Nutritionally, it is a bit of a powerhouse, providing 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs, 20 percent of your calcium, and 15 grams fiber.

Just like an avocado, a black sapote is best bought under-ripe and then ripened at home. And if a trip to Mexico in the next few months is not in the cards, you’ll be glad to know that they can also be found in Florida in December, January, and February.

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