The Hunt for Black Sapote

I first tasted the black sapote in a dream.  Someone, I don’t know who, handed me what I thought to be a large, ugly brown tuber.   Always game to try new food, I registered surprise when I sliced it open to discover a creamy custard inside.   I dipped my spoon in, took a taste and grinned – it tasted like chocolate.  

Upon waking, I decided that this dream was Spirit telling me to not judge a book by its cover.  That is until I joined the online Conscious Dreaming course two weeks ago after attending a workshop on the same topic.   Conducted by Robert Moss, Ph.D., the course provides a forum whereby you can share and discuss your dreams with like-minded individuals.   In addition to the dream chat forum, there are several categories for posts and I dropped my tuber dream into one called the Joy of Fragments.  WildIris immediately responded that my tuber was actually a dream of the black sapote fruit also known as the chocolate-pudding fruit.  After another forum member concurred with that assessment, my treasure hunt began.

According to Wikipedia the sapote is a tropical fruit from Central America, primarily Guatemala and Mexico,  that comes in a variety of colors.   The black sapote is known as the chocolate-pudding fruit and is a member of the persimmon family.   Ugly on the outside, when ripe, the texture of the flesh is like custard and tastes like chocolate.  I must have one.  

I checked online for places to purchase some but only came up with nurseries selling black sapote trees.    Considering I only have a balcony outside my condo and that I live in non-tropical Chicago, I don’t think that will work.   Not to mention it takes the tree three years to mature and bear fruit,  if it survives.  But I must have one.  I sent an email to my local Whole Foods and received the following response:

“Hello Kathy-
Wow, tough one…we do carry mamey sapote (kinda looks like a smooth brown coconut) and we think we can get white sapote here and there, but not black sapote.  Our buyer isn’t sure he’s ever seen it as being available. We will keep our eyes open for it and let you know if and when it will come in!  Thanks for your inquiry”

This will make me crazy until I actually find one to eat. 

Why the black sapote?  What is Spirit trying to tell me by sending me a black sapote in my dreams?   Does it have some mysterious chemical that would be of benefit?  Am I supposed to travel to Guatemala to find one?   Is there another reason I should go to Guatemala?  Or is the universe just having a good laugh at my expense?  

“Let’s send her a black sapote and see what she does with it!”

 Is it really a black sapote?   Could it be something else, is it a symbol?    Dammit!!!   Why can’t the universe shoot straight  instead of sending puzzles for me to figure out?  And why send me something that is so hard to find?

 I am 56 years old and still haven’t figured out my purpose.   Maybe my purpose is to chase myself around in circles like a dog chasing its tail.   After all, that is what I seem to be doing most of the time.  The black sapote came to me in my dream during its off season.   Could that be the message?   That I am “off season” and simply in my growing phase? 

 I discovered that the black sapote has been used by ancient tribes for things that we know to be associated with neurotransmitter dysfunction, like epilepsy.   My doctor prescribed a protocol to bring my neurotransmitters into balance – another reason to find and eat this fruit.  

Now here’s an interesting thought.   Maybe I am supposed to become a produce seller of exotic fruit?  When I was a child, my grandfather  always brought us fresh fruit in a brown paper sack.   I loved those gifts of fresh fruit.  Now, in my middle age, I find myself living in a condo in the old South Water Market of Chicago, the long ago bastion of produce vendors – I am living with the Ghosts of Produce Past.  

In another recent dream, I took an elevator to the top of the building where I work only to find myself in the produce section of a Jewel Food Store.   The universe is throwing fruit at me!!!   Why can’t I seem to catch the fruit….er….message?  What the hell is it trying to tell me?

Did Grandpa send me the black sapote in my dream?   Was he the one who handed it to me?  Grandpa, can you please be a little more direct and tell me what the hell I am supposed to be doing?

10 Comments

  1. Comment by owner

    Posted on January 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Wow! I am ordering today! thanks so much

  2. Comment by owner

    Posted on January 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Wow! I am ordering today! thanks so much

  3. Comment by Liz

    Posted on February 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I’m thinking of ordering some from the same website. Do you recommend ordering from there as well? How did the sapote appear when you first received the order to your home? thanks!

  4. Comment by Liz

    Posted on February 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I’m thinking of ordering some from the same website. Do you recommend ordering from there as well? How did the sapote appear when you first received the order to your home? thanks!

  5. Comment by owner

    Posted on March 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I did order from there and received the fruit. It was still green and needed to ripen which took several days. But once it was soft it was so very good!

  6. Comment by owner

    Posted on March 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I did order from there and received the fruit. It was still green and needed to ripen which took several days. But once it was soft it was so very good!

  7. Comment by jalyse

    Posted on March 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Jourdansbeautifulfoods.com have some and they are not tht expensive in my opinion. There located in florida

  8. Comment by jalyse

    Posted on March 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Jourdansbeautifulfoods.com have some and they are not tht expensive in my opinion. There located in florida

  9. Comment by owner

    Posted on March 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you! I’ll check them out.

  10. Comment by owner

    Posted on March 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you! I’ll check them out.

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