Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tree (Pouteria campechiana), native to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and having very sweet oval fruit with a musky odor.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical tree, Pouteria campechiana, from Central America and the Caribbean, that bears a sweet oval fruit
  • n. The fruit of this tree, having a musky odour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tropical tree of Florida and West Indies (Pouteria campechiana nervosa) yielding edible fruit.
  • n. an ovoid orange-yellow mealy sweet fruit of Florida and West Indies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical tree of Florida and West Indies yielding edible fruit
  • n. ovoid orange-yellow mealy sweet fruit of Florida and West Indies

Etymologies

American Spanish, from dialectal variant of Spanish canastillo, small basket, from Latin canistellum, diminutive of canistrum, basket; see canister.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Her favorite game consisted of explaining the canistel fruit to me, as there is nothing more difficult than understanding the taste of something you\'ve never tried.

    Yoani Sanchez: The Impossible Obsessions of Underfed Teenagers

  • Her favorite game consisted of explaining the canistel fruit to me, as there is nothing more difficult than understanding the taste of something you've never tried.

    Yoani Sanchez: The Impossible Obsessions of Underfed Teenagers

  • Happily, it turned out to be the equal of that canistel which -- while we both salivated -- my grandmother had regaled me with.

    Yoani Sanchez: The Impossible Obsessions of Underfed Teenagers

  • The top vote getter with the local people is the canistel (Pouteria campechiana-see drawing), simply because it is good food.

    4: Multipurpose trees

  • But now jakfruit, canistel, rollinia, black sapote, yellow passion fruit, abiu and inga are big favorites with the local people.

    4: Multipurpose trees

  • Its taste is similar to the sweet potato that is widely grown and eaten here [Ed: except that canistel does not need to be cooked.]

    4: Multipurpose trees

  • Then envision going to other trees and doing the same thing for 10, 20 or 30 minutes: avocado, canistel, loquat, macadamia etc.

    4: Multipurpose trees

  • The next morning, I found a yellow canistel in the CSA farm box; the fruit splits when ripe and tastes like an egg (it's also called eggfruit) - and was hidden beneath lettuces, tomatoes, and zucchini.

    Frugal In Virginia

  • This morning, Jenne, Jess, and I explored the Pinecrest market that has just opened for the season; Redland Organics (they are part of the farm collective that make up the CSA farm boxes) displayed more canistel along with black sapote and starfruit.

    Frugal In Virginia

  • "zone_info": "huffpost. world/blog; world = 1; nickname = yoani-sanchez; entry_id = 388125; canistel = 1; cuba = 1; mamey = 1; special-period-in-cuba = 1",

    Yoani Sanchez: The Impossible Obsessions of Underfed Teenagers

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