The Chico fruit (Manilkara zapota) is originally from Mexico and the West Indies. It was widely spread throughout Southeast Asia as the Spaniards brought it along with them on their way to find and explore new territories to be colonized. The Chico, also known as Sapodilla has many names such as Chico or Tsiko in the Philippines, Chikoo or Chiku in India and Pakistan, Sawo nilo in Malaysia and Indonesia, Sapoti in Brazil and Haiti, Sapote in Mexico, Hawaii, Southern California and down to Southern Florida.
The Chico is an energy fruit containing so much sugar that people with diabetes are advised to avoid eating it. However, the Chico contains Vitamin A, B complex, C, and minerals like; Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, copper and Zinc. These Vitamins and Minerals found in the Chico fruit are essential for bodily health.
Countless of fruit lovers prefer the Chico due to its sweetness, malt-like flavor soft flesh. It could be served as sherbet, jam or syrup, mixed with ice cream or simply just eaten as it is.