Sapota, popularly known in India as chiku Hindi name. In India chiku is cultivated for fruits which are liked all over the country. The sapota fruit is a fleshy berry, variable in shape, size and weight (75-150g). The skin is thin, rusty brown, somewhat scurfy looking like an Irish potato, and the pulp soft, crumbling, melting with a sandy or granular texture with 1-5 hard, black seeds. Get in touch with us for small quantities for your rear garden, home garden, kitchen garden or large quantities for farmland development, fruit farms, fruit orchards, real estate layouts or commercial cultivation.
Botanical name is Manilkara zapota and zapota belongs to the Sapotaceae family. It is known as Sapota in Kannada and Telugu, Chiku / Chikoo in Hindi. Sapodilla is native to Central America, Southern Mexico and the Caribbean. Now, chiku sapota plants are grown in large quantities in SouthEast Asia.
Characteristics of a Sapota tree
The sapota tree grows to a height of 98 to 100 feet. The bark of chiku is filled with a latex called Chicle. The Chikoo leaves are dark green, glossy, alternate, and ovate. They are 7 to 15 cm long. The white or off-white sapota flowers are bell shaped and have 6 lobed corolla. The sapota fruit is brown, round or oval and is 4 to 10 cm in diameter and can be 2 to 3 inches long. The flesh is light brown and has a unique aroma when sapota ripens. The sapota fruit can be easily opened by a gentle push from the fingers. Sapota contains one to 6 glossy, hard, black seeds.
The sapota fruit contains sugars like fructose and sucrose and is high in calories. It is also rich in dietary fiber, which helps relieve constipation.
Sapota is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals and hence used in traditional medicines to treat certain ailments.