Sapote (from Nahuatl tzapotl)[1] is a term for a soft, edible fruit. The word is incorporated into the common names of several unrelated fruit-bearing plants native to Mexico, Central America and northern parts of South America. It is also known in Caribbean English as soapapple.


Some but not all sapotes come from the family Sapotaceae:

  • Sapodilla, also called naseberry (Manilkara zapota) is native to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and possibly El Salvador. The Sapotaceae were named after a synonym of this species.
  • Yellow sapote (Pouteria campechiana) is native to Mexico and Central America.
  • Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) is from southern Mexico to northern South America.
  • Green sapote (Pouteria viridis) is native to lowland southern Mexico.


Sapotes from the family Ebenaceae include:

Other sapote


  1. Watson, George (April 1938). "Nahuatl Words in American English". American Speech. 13 (2): 113–114. doi:10.2307/451954. JSTOR 451954.
  2. "Casimiroa edulis". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2009-03-26.
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