Chikoos

Chikoos

Manilkara zapota, commonly known as the sapodilla (/ˌsæpəˈdɪlə/),is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.An example natural occurrence is in coastal Yucatán in the Petenes mangroves ecoregion, where it is a subdominant plant species.It was introduced to the Philippines during Spanish colonization. It is grown in large quantities in Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mexico.The name "zapota" from the Spanish zapote [θaˈpote] ultimately derives from the Nahuatl word tzapotl.

Availability : January to July.

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Product Description

Sapodilla can grow to more than 30 m (98 ft) tall with an average trunk diameter of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). The average height of cultivated specimens, however, is usually between 9 and 15 m (30 and 49 ft) with a trunk diameter not exceeding 50 cm (20 in). It is wind-resistant and the bark is rich in a white, gummy latex called chicle.

The ornamental leaves are medium green and glossy. They are alternate, elliptic to ovate, 7–15 cm (2.8–5.9 in) long, with an entire margin. The white flowers are inconspicuous and bell-like, with a six-lobed corolla. An unripe fruit has a firm outer skin and when picked, releases white chicle from its stem. A fully ripened fruit has saggy skin and does not release chicle when picked.

The fruit is a large berry, 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) in diameter.Inside, its flesh ranges from a pale yellow to an earthy brown color with a grainy texture akin to that of a well-ripened pear. Each fruit contains one to six seeds.The seeds are hard, glossy, and black, resembling beans, with a hook at one end that can catch in the throat if swallowed.

The trees can only survive in warm, typically tropical environments, dying easily if the temperature drops below freezing. From germination, the sapodilla tree will usually take anywhere from five to eight years to bear fruit. The sapodilla trees yield fruit twice a year, though flowering may continue year round.

Medicinal Facts

Chikoo is very rich in fiber, and thus behaves as a Laxative. So, consumption of chikoo is good for digestion and gastritis. A mixture of Chikoo with a pinch of salt is used as a treatment for constipation. So, it helps in promoting weight loss and prevents obesity.

Chikoo helps in preventing the occurrence of Colon Cancer, Oral cavity, and Lung Cancer. Fibre present in Chikoo protects the mucous membrane in the Colon from Cancer..