The Sapodilla is one of the most delicious and treasured tropical fruits known, and the Alano Sapodilla is the best of its kind. The Alano Sapodilla is widely thought of as the highest quality, tastiest Sapodilla variety. The fruits are egg-shaped, 3 to 3 ½ inches long, and have smooth, tan skins. Ripe Alano Sapodilla flesh is golden-brown, has the texture of a finely-grained pear, and the remarkable flavor is a mixture of brown sugar, honey, and slight notes of cinnamon. Tasting one for the first time is a gourmet rare fruit experience that people never forget.
Alano Sapodilla Trees are slow growing but long-lived and they only get to be about 6 to 10 feet tall so you can fit one almost anywhere. They do best in USDA Zones 9 to 11 where they bloom in spring and ripen their fine fruits in summer. The compact growth habit of the trees make them a good choice for growing a tropical fruit tree in a pot, which you can do in USDA Zones 4 to 11. Their dark green leaves make a shady canopy and the balanced, upright tree shape is easy to maintain. Plant one or two in your edible landscape and harvest your own exquisite Alano Sapodillas from your own back yard.