Caimito is a unique, green to dark purple fruit, sweet in flavor. It is also called milk fruit for sweet white flesh inside. Caimito tree is approximately 20 meters high, and the fruit itself is about 2-3 inches in diameter.
Caimito fruit is a seasonal fruit and is prepared by March. It is usually a tropical region of Southeast Asia, West Indies, and Central America.
Like all other fruits, caimito also expires. It can last from a week to a month, depending on the region and storage. A spoiled caimito can reflect signs of texture, smell, and taste change.
How To Store Caimito
Mostly, caimito’s are used fresh, but if you plan to enjoy it later in desserts, you need to store it. Like every other fruit, caimito is also spoiled if not stored correctly. It has less shelf life. In hot regions, it can end up in a couple of days.
Following are the techniques we will discuss to increase the storage life of caimito.
Storing an uncut caimito in the refrigerator can increase its storage up to a week. Try not to put sliced caimito in your refrigerator, or it will last in 2-3 days.
You can place the fruit in open plastic bags if whether sliced or not. This will prevent moisture from gathering in an air-tight container or bag, hence increasing the fruit’s storage life.
Make sure not to wash the fruit before placing it into the refrigerator. You can wash it when you have to use it.
Freezing the fruit can make it last for about 3 to 6 months. There will be a little change in texture. Make sure not to freeze a sliced fruit, or it will alter the taste also.
Before freezing, it is preferred not to wash the fruit. Any moisture on the outside will affect the change in texture more. To thaw, you can use mild-warm water or leave it on the kitchen shelf.
You can also store the fruit in root cellars. Fruit can last long in a cool, dry, and dark place. In root cellars, a fruit life can extend from 2-3 months.
Do not let the fruit touch others because if one fruit is spoiled, it will spoil other fruits. Place them at a distance of an inch. Do not use plastic bags to store fruits in a cellar; however, you can use a storage straw.
Can You Freeze Caimito
Yes, you can freeze caimito. On a commercial scale, caimito is usually required for long usage. The fruit is usually purchased in bulk and is frozen for later use. You do not have to store it sliced for caimito, or the juicy flesh inside will change its taste.
In very cold snowy regions, people usually dig pit holes with straw and cover the opening with snow to store the fruit. This technique saves freezer electricity, and you can use your fruit whenever you want.
Frozen fruit is used in smoothies and desserts. You can thaw your fruit in an hour at room temperature and a few minutes in mild-warm water.
How Long Does Caimito Last
The age of fully ripped caimito fruit depends upon the storage conditions and environment you have kept it in. On a domestic level, people usually keep it on a shelf or refrigerator, and commercially it is preferred to freeze the fruit.
If you have kept your fruit on your table, then, in cold regions, it can last for about a week, but in hot areas, it will last for 2-3 days. It will change its shape and texture.
Keeping your fruit in a refrigerator can extend its life for a week if you have placed it unsliced and separate from other fruits and vegetables. A sliced caimito can last for 2-4 days, even in the refrigerator.
Freezing your fruit in a domestic freezer can extend its life for 3-6 months normally. Commercial freezers maintain a very low temperature hence storing it for a year.
How To Tell If Caimito Is Bad
Like every other fruit, caimito also exhibits its expiry signs from which we can save ourselves from eating a spoiled caimito.
- Appearance: A spoiled fruit will have dark green or purple spots on it. The particular portion will be soft when touch. A good caimito has a firm touch and feels like a good orange.
- Smell: A completely rotten caimito will be soft overall. Further, you will feel a strong rotten smell.
- Taste: If you sense a change in smell, it is suggested not to consume that fruit. However, it may have worm or rotten from inside. It is suggested that you cut it and see for it is not smooth, mild hard flesh from inside, then perhaps it is rotten.