The Chico or Sapodilla Fruit

by admin on June 26, 2015

The Chico or Sapodilla FruitThe Chico or Sapodilla Fruit

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.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jay Domingo November 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

My favorite fruit.


2 Eleuterio January 4, 2017 at 12:59 am

When my wife was pregnant, the Chico fruits is what she craved for there were no stores that carried them, driving home saw a Chico tree so I went and knock on their door luckily the had some in the refrigerator.


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