Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chesa, Tiessa, Canistel, Egg Fruit, or Sapote



tiessa tisa sapote egg fruitI've come across yet another tasty and not-so-well-known fruit. It looks a bit like an egg when peeled if you liken the flesh to the egg white and the large hard seed in the middle to the egg yolk. The flesh is firm, creamy, and sweet, kind of like a firmer and richer version of sweet potato. But really, it has a taste and texture of its own. I like it best when just ripened, as it tends to get too mushy when over-ripe. Based on its color, I'm sure this fruit is packed with provitamin A carotenoids.

tiessa tisa sapote egg fruitOther names for this fruit include Canistel, Egg Fruit, Chesa, Tiessa, Tisa, Zapote, or Sapote (varieties include Sapodilla, Yellow Sapote, Mamey Sapote, Green Sapote, Black Sapote, Chapote, South American Sapote, and even White Sapote).

More information: "The Canistel or Egg Fruit is quite a common fruit in the Philippines where many other fruits of South American origin can also be found, no doubt introduced by the Spanish in the old days. In other Asian countries it is a rather rare curiosity. In the Philippines it's called Tiessa or Tisa or Chesa. Other English names is Yellow Sapote as it belongs to the Sapote family or Sapotaceae. The species name is Pouteria camphechiana.

tiessa tisa sapote egg fruitIn Malaysia where it seems to be a rather new introduction it's variously called Buah Mentega or Buah Lemak (meaning "Butter Fruit" or "Creamy Fruit" respectively). The ripe fruits are yellow and waxy skinned with a pulp that has the consistency of a hard-boiled egg yolk, hence its other name. The green fruit contain a sticky latex which disappear or at least lessen when the fruit is soft and fully ripe . Fruits can be highly variable in size and shape--ranging from round to pointed and ovaloid. They are usually eaten fresh out of hand but can also be used in custards, pies, milkshakes and other desserts."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

gosh I was surprised when I read the word "Sapote". it a rare fruit man and I have seen it only in our province, specifically in our barrio. It cannot be seen in nearby barrios or provinces. So I thought you have discovered another place where it can grow. And I think tisa or chisa is different from sapote. Sapote is black in color, soft when is ripe and super duper sweet. Some would hesitate to eat it because of its color, but once you have tasted it you would like it,its kind of a mysterious fruit for us. We call it sapote though, I dont know if other dialects also call tisa a sapote. But there is a fruit that is called sapote which is very different from tisa..it can only be seen in our mountainous place..

arascars

Coconuter said...

@arascars:

I think what you are referring to is the Black Sapote. This one that I have found in our area is the Yellow Sapote, I believe. This variety also gets softer as it ripens (and also tastes very sweet).

Just out of curiosity, where is your mountainous region that you refer to?

Anonymous said...

we also have that fruit here in our neighborhood. no one eats that here because it looks like shit(fecal matter)especially if it's ripe! =)

KUMAGCOW said...

Is this the same as the fruit called CHESA?

Coconuter said...

Yes, I believe Chesa is the same thing. Tiessa and Chesa must just be variations in spelling.

Anonymous said...

dami naming tisa fruit tree dati kua dave pero ngaun wala na heheheh sayang!

MHAR

Anonymous said...

I've come across a health book like the common Health and Home book. There was a comparison of vitamin contents among fruits and veges. I was very surprised because tisa vitamin contents were off the charts! It has more vitamin contents per equal serving than malunggay, pechay, carrots, etc.

andrea said...

what is the benefits in eating
Yellow Sapote?

disqus_hOeXmNjuAa said...

someone said it's rare, in another post somewhere else it's abundant... but anyway, i've only tasted this fruit twice in my life, last december and this december... very creamy bread-like taste, nakakabusog at malinamnam... saan ba nabibili ito sa manila?

Anonymous said...

in cebu we call it tisa, the flesh is orange color, creamy texture and sweet but nobody really eats it prolly cuz of the texture and taste.

kala2chi said...

Delicious but umay. Your content is similar to blogger Alindanaw.

lorda said...

Just ate one today after what???? Twenty years? I lost count...Since the 4th grade I think.

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