Purple Caimito Box (Pre-Order)
Chrysophyllum cainito, better known as Purple Caimito or Star Apple (not to be confused with Star Fruit), is a fruit tree native to the Greater and Western Antilles.
Purple Star Apple is a phenomenal fruit, with sweet, jelly-like pulp which is reminiscent of lychee and blueberry. Apart from the captivating flavor of Caimito, this brilliant fruit has gained popularity because when the fruit is sliced in half, the shape of a star is clearly visible in the flesh of the fruit. This exotic tropical fruit is often described as being dessert-like, with a blend of unique tropical flavors. Many people prefer to refrigerate this sensational fruit and enjoy it chilled.
The fruit is generally eaten by using a knife to slice all the way around the fruit, cutting only the rind. The two halves are then pulled apart gently to expose the delicious pulp. The inedible seeds are plucked out of the pulp or coaxed out with a spoon. The edible part of the fruit is the gel-like pulp in the center, which is usually scooped out and eaten with a spoon. The thick rind of the fruit is not edible and should be discarded with the seeds which are also not edible.
This exotic tropical fruit is high in vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium and various antioxidants.
Allow your Caimito fruits to ripen at room temperature, as refrigerating unripe fruit will interfere with the natural ripening process. The fruit is ripe and ready to eat once it is soft to the touch. The skin of the ripe fruit will appear a little wrinkled, and less glossy. The fresh ripe fruit is often enjoyed chilled, and uneaten fruit may be stored in a refrigerator.
We personally grow and pick Caimito from our own fruit trees, right here in Miami, while they are in season. Due to incredible demand for this wonderful fruit, we also source organically grown Caimito from our local partners and growers.
Caimito has a short season in south Florida, so we recommend placing a Pre-Order ahead of the season to reserve your box (please see Pre-Orders below for more information). This is a remarkable fruit you definitely don’t want to miss out on!
Why Our Fruits Are the Best:
Our fruits are allowed to grow on the trees further into the growing season to allow proper fruit development for optimal flavor, vitamin and nutrient content. Our fruits are picked from our own rare tropical fruit trees, from the trees of our local partners, collectors, and sourced internationally from sustainable organic niche farmers. Follow us on Instagram @Fruitpeople_com
Please Note: We are currently unable to ship this product to the following state(s): California. This is in compliance with restrictions placed by the respective Department(s) of Agriculture regarding the importation and shipment of various tropical fruits, due to the potential ecological impact of the possible introduction of various foreign fruit fly species upon Agricultural Infrastructure within the listed state(s). Please check out our other products as this restriction does not apply to all fruits & produce. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Pre-Orders will ship in the order they are received, as soon as the fruit is in season and ready to be picked.
- Small Box contains approximately 3-5 pounds of fruit
- Medium Box contains approximately 8-10 pounds of fruit
- Large Box contains approximately 14-16 pounds of fruit
Box weight and amounts vary depending on fruit type, volume and density. All boxes are shipped with sustainably produced biodegradable packing material instead of Styrofoam or bubble wrap. See our Shipping Guide for more information pertaining to our shipping schedule.
Please be mindful of estimated delivery times for orders, as prolonged package exposure to outdoor weather conditions, such as snow or extreme heat, will affect perishable produce.
All boxes are assembled and shipped starting on Monday of the week following your purchase. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your order to be shipped for any product which is in season. Pre-Orders will ship the following season for each respective fruit type, see details below.
When one of our fruits is not currently in season, or has sold out, we highly recommend placing Pre-Orders. Placing a Pre-Order of our rare and premium tropical fruits reserves your Box for the following season. When supply is low and demand is high, Pre-Orders are shipped first. Pre-Orders are shipped in the order in which they are received for each type of fruit. Your Pre-Order is shipped as soon as the fruits are in season and ready to be picked. Some fruits have only one season per year, others have multiple seasons. Please refer to our Fruit Seasons Guide for more information. You don’t want to miss out on these delicious and sensational fruits!