Wild World: Sapodilla (Chico)

Name:Sapodilla (Chico in the Philippines)
What is it?: A large, brown berry that grows within .
Where to find: Southeast Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America
Bio: The Sapodilla Is a large, round berry with a brownish color that has a sweet and malty (grainy) flavor, well enjoyed by young and old alike. This tasty treat originated from Central America, getting its name from the Mexican Indian name xicotzapotl. In the Philippines, the fruit was first introduced by the Spanish colonists many years ago and has thus since thrived in the warm, sunny climate of the archipelago.
The fruit ripens very quickly, allowing people to enjoy the literal fruits of their labor quicker than other types of tree-based fruits. The only drawback of this is that the fruit bruises easily, making transport of the ripened fruit a bit problematic. Despite that, it is always stocked in local markets when in-season. It has been used in snacks like sherbets, ice creams and even turned into jam, but Filipinos know that its best eaten simply as it is.
  • It is said the sap of the chico tree is a sort of gum or chicle, that is the principal ingredient of chiclet gum.
  • A tree bears as many as 2000 fruits/year.
  • The fruit is rich in antioxidant poly-phenolic compound tannin. Research studies found that tannins have astringent properties and shown to have potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects.

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