Manilkara zapota

Sapota

About

Sapota or Chiku is delicious fruit cultivated for its fruit value, while in Mexico or central America it is commercially grown to produce chickle which a gum like substance is obtained from the latex which is used for preparation of chewing gum.

Sapota is native of tropical America and is believed to have originated from south Mexico or central America.

Sapota is hardy perennial, tropical, evergreen fruit crop grown up to 1200m MSL. It prefers warm and humid climate and grows both in dry and humid areas. Areas with annual rainfall of 125 to 250cm are highly suitable for better tree establishment.  

The fruit is exceptionally sweet and malty flavour. Unripe fruit contains high concentration of saponin which has astringent properties like that of tannin, drying out the mouth.