Sapodilla Fruit

Sapodilla | Manilkara zapota

Manilkara zapota, commonly known as sapodilla,  sapota, chikoo, naseberry, or nispero is a long-lived, ever green tree , native to southern Maxico, Central America and the Caribbean. It was thought to be native of coastal Yucatán in the Petenes mangroves ecoregion, where there are example of its natural occurrence. In this region it is a subdominant plant species.


It is grown in large quantities in India, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh etc. It was introduced to  Philippines during Spanish colonization.

The trees can survive only in warm, typically tropical environments, dying easily if the temperature drops below freezing. The fruit looks like a large berry , about 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) in diameter. Inside, the flesh ranges from a pale yellow to an earthy brown color with a grainy texture that is similar to a well-ripened pear. The fruit has an exceptionally sweet, malty flavor.

In the Northern Indian subcontinent, Chickoo shake ( milkshake prepared with chikoo) is a much cherished beverage during the summer.

chikoo milk shake

So if you are a fruit enthusiast or simply have a sweet tooth, go ahead, indulge yourself and let your soul submerge in the heavenly sweetness.

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