Sapodilla or Chico Fruit

Health Benefits of Chico or Sapodilla

  • Scientific name: Manikara zapota
  • Origin: Central America
  • Season: all year round
  • Tree: height: 9-12 m
  • Fruit: diameter: 5-10 cm; weight: 80-120 gm.; skin is brown
  • Edible portion: The flesh is soft, pulpy, with a granular texture (like that of pear), yet is delicate and pleasing to the palate.
  • Seed: it contains black, hard, glossy seeds.
  • Culinary uses: eaten as fresh fruit, milkshakes, ice creams

Name in other countries:

  • Bahamas – dilly
  • Virgin Islands – mespil
  • El Salvador, Puerto Rico and Venezuela – nisper

 Chico or Sapodilla (common name) is a hardy tree that is native to tropical climate; sapodilla was carried by the Spanish first to the Philippines and eventually to other tropical countries. It derives both its Spanish name zapotilla and its Malay and Indian names, chiku, from the Aztec, chikl. Sapodilla is a very sweet and tasty fruit; it is high in fiber, iron, and calcium. To enjoy this delicious fruit, it must be eaten as soon as it ripens, just peel off the skin.

Health Benefits of Chico or Sapodilla:

  • Sapodilla is use in folk medicine as a purgative and as remedy for diarrhea. It is prepared by boiling the young fruits and the decoction is taken to stop diarrhea.
  • A decoction of the yellowed leaves is drunk as a remedy for coughs, colds and diarrhea.
  • A liquid extracted from crushed seeds is used as diuretic and is found to be effective in removing kidney and bladder stones.
  • A paste made from seeds is useful for treating venomous stings and bites.
  • An infusion of the young fruits and the flowers is drunk to relieve pulmonary complaints.
  • A fluid extract from the crushed seeds is used as a sedative.
  • A combined decoction of sapodilla and chayote leaves is sweetened and taken daily to lower blood pressure.
  • The bark decoction was used as vaginal wash and wash for wounds and skin ulcers.

Other Uses:

  • The bark of sapodilla tree is rich in white, gummy latex called chicle (contains 15% rubber and 38% resin). This milky sap is the main ingredient in manufacturing of chewing gum which gives the tree its main importance there.
  • The sapodilla tree is valued for its hard, heavy and durable wood which is use for building homes and furniture, tool handles, carts, etc.
  • It has a high tannin content which makes it useful as a source of dyes.

“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @00:18”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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