Chrysophyllum cainito, or Caimito, is a beautiful, large tree which can reach heights of more than twenty feet. It is native to the West Indies, but is grown across the world in areas with tropical and subtropical climates. It can be found in the USDA Zone 10-11, and some varieties have been observed to have a cold hardiness at least to the low 30s for short periods. When planted in containers and grown in colder regions, Caimito should be taken inside during the winter. To ensure healthy growth, Caimito should be grown in full sun and require regular watering.
The fruit of the Caimito tree is edible, with a mild grape-like flavor. Not only is it delicious, but it can also be quite nutritious. Caimito is high in Vitamin C and contains several other vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy diet.
For those looking to embrace gardening and the outdoors, Caimito is an excellent choice. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also productive. The fruit can be eaten fresh, or it can be cooked and used in jams and other applications.