I was so excited about my new Sapodilla tree that I called my gardening friends and my mother to come over and look at my latest acquisition. My mother is not the outdoors-type so it took a week for her to visit to see my new baby. When she arrived at my house we went out back so I could show her. “But it’s all eaten up!” she exclaimed. Sure enough, the leaves were chewed up. I put on my glasses to get a closer look. A MONSTER CATERPILLAR was feasting on my poor little tree! Uuggh. Strangely, it was the only one at the party; so I plucked it right off. It’s been a month now and the tree is recuperated and ready to be transplanted. I just checked it; it’s caterpillar-free.
Sapodilla (Manilkara Zapota) is an evergreen tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is also known as Naseberry, Nispero or Chico Sapote. The fruit ripens in early March through July and sparsely throughout the rest of the year. It’s delicious; it tastes like a pear soaked in brown sugar.
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