Eggfruit Tree

I was walking along Jalan Lekar yesterday morning (If you’ve ever been to the ACRES headquarters you’ll know where that is) and noticed that the road was lined with these trees that were filled with these gorgeous bright yellow fruits. So many in the trees, and also on the floor, yellow blobs of varying degrees of squashed-ness. They resembled mangos, slightly. I found it surprising that it’s such a conspicuous fruit but I had never come across it before and no idea what it was. Maybe I’m just ignorant, probably my mum will know it. She didn’t.

Some searching using NParks’ Flora&Fauna online data-base and I’m pretty sure I’ve found a match: Pouteria campechiana, also known as Eggfruit Tree, Canistel, Amarillo, Yellow Sapote, Sapote Borracho, Zapote. O_O That’s a lot of names.

One possible clue as to why neither my mum nor I know this plant: It’s probably not a fruit that people eat.The NPark’s data sheet says it’s edible (but usually not ‘raw’ apparently), but it can’t be very tasty since the trees were filled with ripe fruits untouched by birds. Even the semi-squashed ones on the floor were left alone, no ants.

That’s what the tree looks like. Not very distinctive, especially as a picture. But if you pay attention to the the bunches of leaves sticking out at the top and the sides, you might notice this:

The leaves comes in… um, elongated bunches at the tip of branches. There’s probably a proper term for this.
This one is not a Singapore native either. It’s native to Central America and Mexico.

Squashed fruit! The flesh is quite dense and dry. Resembling, says NParks, the yolk of an egg or pumpkin flesh.

Next plant will be a native, I promise!

Border by shoe-fly on DeviantArt.