A lovely, aromatic tropical fruit, soft and sweet, níspero (sapodilla) is best enjoyed in this refreshing batida de níspero. This is one of the most popular fruit smoothies in our country, and you'll have to try it to see why we love it so very much.
Why we ❤️ it
Batidas (milkshakes) are some of our favorite drinks: nutritious, refreshing, delicious. The true quintessence of tropical drinks. And among Dominican batidas, batida de níspero is our favorite fruit batida.
But what's níspero?
What is níspero?
Níspero is one of the most popular Dominican fruits, with a dark velvety skin similar to kiwi, and a very sweet amber-colored meat, with several black seeds in the center.
In English, it's called chicle, naseberry, mispel, sapodilla, and sapote. Its scientific name is Manilkara sapota, and it's native to southern Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It is known in other Spanish countries as chico sapote, níspero, zapote and zapotillo.
Níspero is cultivated locally in the Dominican Republic, and it's primarily consumed in batidas de níspero.
Nísperos are very sweet, even by tropical fruit standards. They are rich in carbohydrates and a fairly decent source of vitamin C.
Sapodilla (níspero) and batida de níspero
Use almond milk to make a vegan or dairy-free option; it's a combination I really liked. I've heard from our readers (I haven't tried it) that coconut milk is excellent for this purpose too.
About this recipe
Our recipe is very close to any other you may find around the country, as there is slight variations in how it's made. You can add less or more sugar, to taste, and use any other sweetener you like; just bear in mind that some sweeteners may change its flavor.
Check our other Dominican batida recipes for more tropical goodness.
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[Recipe] Batida de Níspero (Sapodilla Milkshake)
- 4 nísperos (sapodilla), (peeled and cubed)
- ¾ cup sugar (white, granulated), or equivalent sweetener
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 quart evaporated milk, [1 lt] (see notes)
- 4 cups ice cubes
- Combine all the ingredients (nispero, sugar, vanilla, milk, and ice) in a heavy-duty blender and blend until it's very smooth and silky.
- Serve immediately.
Tips and Notes
Lactose-free, vegan milkshakesUse almond milk (or your preferred substitute). I hear from our readers (I haven't tried it) that coconut milk is great for this purpose.
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutrition information.
Naseberry is rich in carbohydrates, low in fat, and has a high vitamin C content. It can be eaten as fresh fruit or enjoyed in milkshakes.
In English, nispero is called chicle, naseberry, mispel, sapodilla, and sapote.