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Cultivation of neglected tropical fruits with promise. Part 2, The mamey sapote

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Title: Cultivation of neglected tropical fruits with promise. Part 2, The mamey sapote
Authors: Almeyda, Narciso
Martin, Franklin W.
Keywords: Fruit
fruit cultivation
mamey sapote
mamey sapote cultivation
tropical fruit
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Issue Date: Nov 1976
Publisher: Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Abstract: One of the best fruits of the Western Hemisphere, and yet one that is relatively unknown, is the mamey sapote, Calocarpum sapota (Jacq.) Merr. Widely distributed in Central America before Columbus, the encroachment of civilization has actually reduced the availability of this fruit. Those who know it well believe that there is no better fruit. Its creamy texture and rich flavor are unmatched. The mamey sapote is a large-spreading tree commonly propagated from seeds, but this method leads to trees of variable quality. Selected trees can be propagated by the tedious method of inarching. Other propagation techniques have not given satisfactory results. Trees are grown in a wide variety of soils, chiefly in regions of heavy rainfall (the humid Tropics). Trees can be established first in containers and then transplanted at the beginning of the rainy season. Regular fertilization, weeding, and supplemental irrigation are desirable. Cover crops are useful, especially during the period of establishment of the orchard. Pruning is done to shape the tree and remove dead wood. A few insect and disease problems occur, but these can be avoided or treated. Fruits are first borne in grafted trees at 3 years of age, and on seedlings at 7 years. When the fruit begins to redden, it is ready for harvest, which should be done carefully to avoid damage and maintain fruit quality. After harvest the fruit ripens in a few days. KEYWORDS: fruit, fruit cultivation, mamey sapote, mamey sapote cultivation, tropical fruit, tropical fruit cultivation.
Pages/Duration: 15
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