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Sapotaceae
The zapote Family
Plantae Ericales
Sapotaceae is a family of flowering plants, belonging to order Ericales. The family includes approximately 800 species of evergreen trees and shrubs in approximately 65 genera (35-75, depending on generic definition). Distribution is pantropical.

Many species produce edible fruits, and/or have other economic uses. Species noted for their edible fruits include Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla, Sapota), Manilkara chicle (Chicle), Chrysophyllum cainito (Star-apple or Golden Leaf Tree), Pouteria (Abiu, Canistel, Lúcuma, Mamey sapote), Vitellaria paradoxa (Shea) and Sideroxylon australe (Australian native plum). Shea (shi in several dialect languages of West Africa; karité in francophone also anglicised as Shea butter ) is also the source of an oil-rich nut, the source of edible \"shea butter,\" which is the major lipid source for many African ethnic groups and is also used in traditional and Western cosmetics and medications. The \'miracle fruit,\' Synsepalum dulcificum is also in Sapotaceae.

Trees of the genus Palaquium (Gutta-percha) produce an important latex with a wide variety of uses.

The seeds of the tree Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels produce an edible oil, traditionally harvested in Morocco.

The family name is derived from zapote, a Mexican vernacular name for one of the plants (in turn derived from the Nahuatl \"tzapotl\") and latinised by Linnaeus as sapota, a name now treated as a synonym of Manilkara (also formerly known by the invalid name Achras).

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Sapotaceae, The zapote Family
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Sapotaceae
Ericales
Ericales
Erica Order (Heathers)
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus
Species Number Not Set
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gardengeek
gardengeek
Abricó-da-praia
  Abricó-da-praia March 12, 2014
Abricó-da-praia
2

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gardengeek
Abiu
  Abiu March 07, 2014
Taste is similar to the sapodilla a sweet caramel custard Abiu
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heidbenati
heidbenati
Abiu
  Abiu September 03, 2009
The fruit of the abiu tree is edible and is eaten out of hand in most cases. In Colombia, it is advised that if you eat the fruit, you grease your lips before eating it in order to keep the gummy latex from sticking to their lips. The fruit of the abiu is also used in ice cream. It can be cut up and put in yogurt for a light and delicious breakfast. Another way to serve the abiu is to scoop out the flesh and sprinkle a little limejuice on it to bring out the flavor, and then chill it. There are Abiu
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heidbenati
heidbenati
Sapoti, chiku, mespel, naseberry, sapadilla, snake fruit ou sawo
  Sapoti, chiku, mespel, naseberry, sapadilla, snake fruit ou sawo August 30, 2009
The flavor is exceptionally sweet and very tasty, with what can be described as a malty flavor. Many believe the flavor bears a striking resemblance to caramel. The unripe fruit is hard to the touch and contains high amounts of saponin, which has astringent properties similar to tannin, drying out the mouth. The trees can only survive in warm, typically tropical environments, dying easily if the temperature drops below freezing. From germination, the sapodilla tree will usually take anywhere f Sapoti, chiku, mespel, naseberry, sapadilla, snake fruit ou sawo

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