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Ever Hear of Black Sapote?

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I hadn't.  The quick story is that this summer I joined a community supported agriculture farm (CSA) called Harvest Bee. Ken, the talented biodynamic farmer, had been a student in one of my classes.  I was excited to be able to have access to locally-grown produce so very freshly delivered direct from a nearby farm.  What I didn't realize was how many unique new types of produce and herbs I would get to experience.  Black sapote is just one example.

Black Sapote is a tropical fruit that grows on an evergreen tree. A species of Persimmon, it is often called chocolate pudding fruit. Unripe, the fruit is green and hard, but after a few days it softens to a mushy feel and the pulp becomes sweet-tasting like chocolate pudding.  I decided to experiement with making a "chocolate" Black Sapote pie...and the results were delicious enough to share.

As a Life Coach also trained in nutrition, I'm pleased to learn that this fruit is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and has high amounts of potassium and aids digestion. It provides an instant dose of energy without a lot of calories.  What a wondrous tropical fruit to discover practically in my backyard!  

20161218_191617.jpgHere's the recipe:

Ingredients
  • 2 soft ripe sapote
  • 3  to 4 tbs organic cocoa powder
  • 2 bananas, cut into chunks
  • 3 to 4  tbs honey
  • 8 tbs coconut milk plus the "cream" from the Thai Organic Coconut Milk (makes it even creamier)
  • 2 tbs walnuts, chopped
  • added 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a food processor I placed scooped flesh (no seeds) from the black sapote. Added the  rest of ingredients then blended. After blending I added about a cup of whole organic raspberries and mixed it together by hand.  I then folded the blended ingredients into a pie crust (I used a "healthy" spelt crust) and added more whole raspberries on top along with 1  tbs chopped walnuts.  I placed the entire pie in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill and then served.
Was delicious!  You can also top it with "healthy" whipped cream using coconut milk "cream" (I use Thai Organic Coconut milk kept very cold), coconut oil, vanilla and honey and whip it up. Enjoy this healthy dessert!
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