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The Chico or Sapodilla Fruit

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The chico fruit (Manilkara zapota) is originally from Mexico and the West Indies. It was widely spread throughout Southeast Asia as the Spaniards brought it along with them to find and explore new territories to be colonized.

Many Sapodilla fruit on the tree with leaf chico fruit
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The Chico, also known as Sapodilla, has many names, such as Chico or Tsiko in the Philippines, Chikoo or Chiku in India and Pakistan, Sawo nilo in Malaysia and Indonesia, Sapoti in Brazil and Haiti, Sapote in Mexico, Hawaii, Southern California, and down to Southern Florida.

Sapodilla fruit (Manilkara zapota) and other names such as sapota, chiko
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The Chico is an energy fruit containing so much sugar that people with diabetes are advised to avoid eating it. However, the Chico contains Vitamin A, B complex, and C and minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, copper, and zinc. These Vitamins and Minerals found in the Chico fruit are essential for bodily health.

fresh sapodilla fruits on old wooden background. tropical fruits chico
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Countless fruit lovers prefer the Chico due to its sweetness, malt-like flavor, and soft flesh. It could be served as sherbet, jam, or syrup, mixed with ice cream, or just eaten as it is.

Have you tried chicos?

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Wednesday 4th of January 2017

When my wife was pregnant, the Chico fruits is what she craved for there were no stores that carried them, driving home saw a Chico tree so I went and knock on their door luckily the had some in the refrigerator.

Jay Domingo

Monday 26th of November 2012

My favorite fruit.