Canistel is a unique, onion-like shape yellow fruit, sweet and musky in flavor like a sweet baked potato. It is also called egg fruit for its yellow flesh inside. Canistel tree is approximately 3 to 4 meters. Canistel fruit is ready to harvest from October to February, depending on the region. It is usually grown in Central America, Northern South America, and other tropical regions.
Like all other fruits, canistel also expires. It can last from a week to a month, depending on the region and storage. A spoiled canistel can reflect signs of texture, smell, and taste change.
How To Store Canistel?
Mostly, the canistel is used fresh as it has a low shelf life. Like every other fruit, canistel is also spoiled if not stored correctly. In hot regions, it can end up in a couple of days. If you are planning to enjoy it later in desserts, you need to store it.
Following are the techniques we will discuss to increase the storage life of the canister.
A completely ripped canistel can survive from 3 to 5 days on your kitchen shelf. However, partially ripped fruit can last up to 7 to 8 days.
People often buy unripe fruit and store it at room temperature, making it ready to eat in a week and has a storage life in total from 2 to 3 weeks.
Storing an uncut canistel in the refrigerator can last up to a week or two. A sliced canistel in the refrigerator will last in 3 to 4 days.
Open plastic bags can be used to store in the refrigerator, whether sliced or not. This will prevent moisture from gathering in an air-tight container or bag, which will increase the storage life of the fruit.
Washing the fruit before placing it into the refrigerator will make it soft and mushy rapidly. You can wash it when you have to use it to wash any possible pesticide or chemical on the surface.
Freezing the fruit can make it last for about 6 to 8 months. There will be a little change in texture. On thawing, the fruit’s inner flesh will soften a little with little effect on the taste.
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.
Can You Freeze Canistel?
Yes, you can freeze the canister. On a commercial scale, a canistel is usually required for long usage. The fruit is usually purchased in bulk and is frozen for later use. For the canistel, usually, the peel is removed, and the sweet flesh is stored in a container in quantity to be used later.
Frozen fruit is used in smoothies and desserts or is liked to be eaten raw. You can thaw your fruit in an hour at room temperature if peeled and a few minutes in mild-warm water if not peeled. Frozen Canistel can last up to 6 to 10 months depending on the temperature maintained.
How Long Does Canistel Last?
The age of fully ripped canistel 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 1-2 weeks, but in hot areas, it will last for 3-5 days. It will change its shape, texture and will become soft and mushy while changing the taste.
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 canistel 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 10 months.
How To Tell If Canistel Is Bad?
Like every other fruit, canistel also exhibits its expiry signs from which we can save ourselves from eating or choosing a spoiled fruit in marts. Following are the features to notice a spoiled canistel from a fresh one.
- Appearance: A spoiled fruit will have dark grayish spots on it in its yellow peel. The particular portion will be soft when touch. A good canistel has a firm touch; if applied, little pressure with your thumb will soften the place.
- Smell: A completely rotten canistel will be soft overall and will have a grayish texture overall. Further, you will feel a strong rotten smell like a rotten egg.
- Taste: Sometimes, the fruit may seem fine from outside, but it may have worms or rotten from inside. It is suggested that you cut it and see it flesh seems like a scrambled egg.