White sapote is a fruit native to Central America, Mexico, and Costa Rica; it is also called Mexican apple and green to a yellow-colored appearance. It has white-colored pulp with a creamy texture that gives great consistency to your smoothies.
White sapote has a versatile range of tastes as you will experience impressions of peach, lemon, banana, and vanilla altogether only in one fruit. So this is something very unique about it. But, unfortunately, it has a short shelf life of about 4-5 days, and it can go bad early if it is not stored properly.
How to Store White Sapote?
It has a short shelf life, and you have to store it with great care; it is advised that you always buy it in a small quantity and use it within 4-5 days. You don’t need to worry about its availability because it is available year-round, and you can easily buy it whenever a recipe calls for it.
You can follow the methods of storage that are given below,
Store It As Whole
If you want to store your white sapote for later, you can store it as a whole form at room temperature, like at your kitchen counter, try to maintain gaps between each piece to avoid spoilage. Never store it along with other fruits in one basket because it is vulnerable to get spoiled, and if other fruits are placed along with it, there are increased chances of your white sapote going bad early.
You can also put it into any zip-lock plastic bag and then refrigerate it, but store it in a crisper section to avoid extreme temperature.
Store It As A Pulp
If you want to store your white sapote for using it in smoothies or drinks in the future, rather than storing it as a whole form, store it as a pulp.
You can do this by washing it thoroughly, then cut it into two halves and scoop out all of its pulp. Now collect all the pulp into a plastic bag and then store it in a refrigerator or freezer. It’s totally up to your choice.
You can refrigerate your white sapote to increase its life span; you can store it as a whole or as pulp by using above mentioned methods. However, it is better to store it in a dry and cool place like a refrigerator to last longer than normal.
Can You Freeze White Sapote?
Yes, you can store it in a freezer, and it can increase its shelf life. But you cannot store it as a whole form because its texture will be ruined when you thaw it. So if you want to store it in the freezer, you have to store it as a pulp.
You can cut it into two halves, remove its seeds, scoop out all of its pulp, put this pulp into freezer bags, and then freeze it. Try to keep the zip of your freezer completely closed to avoid moisture exposure. This way, you can use its pulp for half of the year.
How Long Does White Sapote Last?
It depends on how well you store it, at first you have to buy it in a small quantity, and try to use all of it within a week. But if you have bought it in a large amount and you have leftovers, you can either store it in a freezer or refrigerator. You can keep it at room temperature, but they will spoil early this way, approximately within 4-5 days.
To store it in the freezer, you can keep it as whole fruit by enclosing it into a plastic bag and storing it in a crisper section of your fridge. The other method is to store its pulp; it remains good for 2-3 months in both ways.
If you opted for freezing it, then keep it frozen and only take it out when you want to use it; it remains stable for half of the year after freezing.
How To Tell If White Sapote Is Bad?
You can easily identify spoilage in your white sapote as it undergoes some prominent changes when they are about to go bad.
- Mushy Texture: If you hold it and you notice that it has become softer from the outside, it shows that it has gone bad because normal white sapote does not have a soft texture from the outside; instead, it has a firmer texture.
- Bad Smell: When you cut it, and you experience a foul smell coming out of it, it indicates that spoilage has occurred in your fruit and discard it right away.
- Leaky Appearance: This is also a characteristic sign of spoilage in it that when you press it slightly, the liquid will be leaking from inside of it.