The Health Benefits of Chikoo or Sapodilla Fruit

Updated on March 25, 2018
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years breeding layer and broiler parents.

About the Chikoo Tree

There are several names for the fruit of the Chikoo tree.

Latin: Manilkara zapota

English: Sapodilla, noseberry, and mudapples.

Spanish: Zapote and nispero.

Hindi: Chickoo and sapota.

The Chickoo tree is native to Southern Mexico, Central America, and islands of the Caribbean. It is a moderately tall tree, growing to between 30 and 50 feet in height with widely branching branches and stems. These trees need a tropical climate to grow and cannot survive freezing temperatures. They take from 5 to 8 years to mature and yield fruit twice a year.

Chickoo is widely cultivated in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, the Maldives, and Indonesia, but they are also fairly common in Florida.

Chickoo fruits on the tree.
Chickoo fruits on the tree. | Source

The Chickoo Fruit

The fruit is brown colored large berry which has 2 to 5 big, shiny and black colored seeds. The flesh is pale brown in color, smooth and buttery in feel with exceptionally sweet taste.

The raw fruit has a high latex content and a bit of latex remains even in the ripe fruit. The raw fruit skin is rough and leathery and it becomes smooth on ripening. an overripe fruit tastes mushy and fermented.

It is healthier to eat chickoo along with the skin.

How to Eat Chickoo Fruit

The fruit of a Chickoo tree consists of large, brown berries each containing 2-5 shiny, black seeds. The flesh is pale brown, smooth, and buttery in texture with an exceptionally sweet taste. The skin is rough and leathery. Fruit that is overripe will taste mushy and fermented.

The fruit is normally eaten raw, with the skin intact. It can be used to make milkshakes, smoothies, and ice cream. etc. In some countries, it is crushed and boiled to make a syrup.

A Chickoo vendor in India.
A Chickoo vendor in India. | Source

Chickoo Nutrient Highlights

  • Chickoo is a good source of dietary fiber.
  • Chickoo contains a number of minerals including iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium.
  • It contained vitamins A, C, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folate.
  • Chickoo is high in calories, with about 83 calories per 100 grams.

Sliced chickoo fruit.
Sliced chickoo fruit. | Source

Chikoo Nutrition Facts Per 100g

Nutrient
Value
Percent of RDA
Carbohydrates
19.9 g
15%
Protein
0.44 g
<1%
Total Fat
1.10 g
3.50%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
5.3 g
14%
Folates
14 mcg
3.50%
Niacin
0.200 mg
1%
Pantothenic acid
0.252 mg
5%
Pyridoxine
0.037 mg
3%
Riboflavin
0.020 mg
1.50%
Thiamin
0.058 mg
5%
Vitamin A
60 IU
2%
Vitamin C
14.7 mg
24.50%
Sodium
12 mg
1%
Potassium
193 mg
4%
Calcium
21 mg
2%
Copper
0.086 mg
9%
Iron
0.80 mg
10%
Magnesium
12 mg
3%
Phosphorous
12 mg
2%
Selenium
0.6 mcg
1%
Zinc
0.10 mg
1%
Calories
83
 
Source: USDA National Nutrient database.

Health Benefits of Chickoo Fruit

  1. The dietary fiber prevents constipation. It also binds to toxins and eliminates them from the body, thus acting as a colon cancer preventative.
  2. The fruit has tannins which have anti-inflammatory properties, thus aiding in gastritis, reflux esophagitis and bowel disorders.
  3. Vitamins C and A help to keep the mucus membranes and skin healthy. Vitamin C also boosts immunity, prevents infections, and scavenges free radicals.
  4. The magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus help keep bones strong while the magnesium benefits the heart and blood vessels.
  5. The fruit is a diuretic and may help prevent kidney disease.
  6. Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and promotes healthy circulation.
  7. Folate and iron help to prevent anemia.
  8. In folk medicine, the ground seeds are applied as a paste to alleviate stings and bites.
  9. Tea made of the bark is used to treat dysentery while the leaves are useful in treating cough, colds and diarrhea.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or starting a new health regime.


Chikoo Milkshake Recipe - How To Make Chikoo Milkshake - Sapota Milkshake Recipe Video

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you Manja pn.

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      Manja pn 

      4 weeks ago

      Good information available

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      Clementnjau 

      9 months ago

      Just tasted it on my first visit to India. How do you grow it? I would like to try it in Kenya.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Glad you like the write up. Thanks for visiting Jan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You're welcome Liza. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Jan 

      10 months ago

      Nice fact

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      Liza 

      10 months ago

      Thanks for the info

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      Michael Friedman 

      18 months ago

      Very interesting video clip !

      NOTE: This chikoo milkshake is NOT recommended for Diabetics !

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      Violet in ATL. 

      20 months ago

      I grew up eating lots of this fruit in Jamaica and I loved it.Didn't know all the benefits.Thanks for the info.

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      shanaz 

      3 years ago

      I like it

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      Melissa Orourke 

      3 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      Thank you,

      We are living in Honduras and I am going to look for it!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the effusive praise of this fruit.

      Good to know you like Chickoo and are fortunate enough to have a tree growing at home as well.

      Time was, and it still is, a poor man's fruit as it is not so expensive here. As a kid we had vendors selling this fruit even in local railway trains in Mumbai. Around Mumbai this fruit was in plenty and having spent all my childhood and growing years in Mumbai I had a chance to savor the buttery taste and sweet aroma of this delicious fruit almost everyday.

      Thanks for stopping by, Eliza.

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      Eliza 

      3 years ago

      Stumbled across this and enjoyed your post!!

      I love this fruit! When I was a little girl it was a favorite falling in line with mango, star apples (aka caimito), sugar apples (aka custard apples or atis), soursop and jackfruit. To me, the chiku tastes like a fruit made or sweetened with lots of brown sugar. I would tell people it was "a little juicy, brown sugar fruit" in attempts to describe it's flavor. I have a tree here in Southern California but still waiting for it to mature enough so it will fruit. I cannot wait. ;) went to Hawaii last year and had freshly picked chiku from the trees. Yummmm... South Florida has tons of them too, especially in Miami. There is a popular fruit stand in Homestead, FL owned by a man named Robert that has plenty of chiku and Mamey type plus many more fruits that may be exotic to others who have not had the fortune to live in the tropics.

      Thanks for writing this. Excellent read!

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      nilam patel 

      4 years ago

      Hi rajan i am from india and i have chiku farm also we r dealing in wholesale of chiku so if any company where chiku is to be used as a ingradients then we r ready to supply . Plz mail me meetpatel2012patel@gmail.com

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      bs yadav 

      4 years ago

      Sir

      I have a tree of cheeku. Can you suggest me any medicine for growing.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Shadaan, also for the share.

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      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      loved reading it, and i love eating it too, shared hub

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Paul. It's nice to learn this information has been useful. I appreciate the votes and sharing too.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      rajan,

      This is a very interesting and useful hub. Now I know the name for that strange kiwi look a like which I have occasionally been eating here in Thailand. I have learned a lot and thank you for sharing this information. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Peggy,

      I have a hunch you might just find them in the Asian market. Thanks for pinning it. Much appreciated.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Rajan,

      We do have a rather large Asian market that is near a Costco that we frequent. Will take a look and see if they have Chikoo or Sapodilla fruits for sale there. Will pin this to my Fruits board on Pinterest. I would really like to taste this fruit from your description of it.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Did you try looking for them in the Asian market. You might come across them. Thanks for stopping by, GTF.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      These look good. Too bad I have never seen them here in the States. I love trying new fruits and vegetables.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @Peggy-The taste is unlike any other fruit. Just sweet and the color externally is like a kiwi. Thanks.

      @Ruchira-thanks for stopping by.

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      This is one fruit which is dearly missed. It's health benefits are awesome!

      Thank you Rajan for a wonderful/interestinghub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      This is a fruit that I have never heard of nor seen in our grocery stores. We do get kiwis which you said look similar. If they grow in Florida, I would think that they might also grow in South Texas, but I have never seen such a tree. How would you best describe their taste besides being buttery, smooth and sweet? Is it similar to any other well known fruit? Rating this up, useful and interesting. Will also share.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Rasma - thanks and glad you like this info.

      @ sweetie - thanks for coming by.

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      sweetie1 

      5 years ago from India

      very useful.. voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another great and informative hub. This was fascinating as I've never heard of the fruit. Passing this on.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Joe - chickoo looks like a kiwi but when cut is totally different in looks and taste. You might just find it in Hawaii. Thanks for looking this up, my friend.

      @ Bill - we are always learning! Always good to see yoy.

      @ Bill - I'm sure you'll be able to locate it in Florida. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi rajan. I have never heard of the Chikoo fruit or tree? How interesting. I will have to look for this next time we are in Florida. It's amazing how many interesting and healthy different fruits you come across. Another great job. Voting, sharing, etc.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And once again you have named a fruit I have never heard of. It is a big world my friend, and so much I do not know. Thank you for the introduction and education, and have a great weekend.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Rajan!

      This is yet another wonderful moment when I can say that I've learned something new. I have never heard of this fruit. However, because I have not lived for an extended amount of time in Hawai'i since the age of 18, I will ask my family if perhaps this fruit is now thriving there. If it is or has been there, and we just knew it by a different name, I'll be sure to get back to you. I'll have to see if it's sold in our grocery stores here...if not the fruit, then perhaps a derivative of it. Thanks for sharing, Rajan!

      Joe

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Rumana - yes chickoo is a very loved fruit. Thanks for stopping by.

      @ Jo - Thanks for the thumbs up. It is very popular in my country.

      @ Girish - We still eat a lot of chiku. Thanks for the vote up.

      @ Carol - I think they grow in Florida. Thanks for being so supportive of these hubs,

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I love reading about all these different fruits...I am still concerned where to get them. Do they have them in the states and where. Thanks again for a great hub. Voting up and pinning.

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      Girish puri 

      5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great share about Chikoo. I remember when i was very young, when ever i was having fever, my parents used to give me chikoo as meal, this is so powerful. thanks for the useful hub. God bless.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      A delicious little fruit, loved it as a child but I haven't seen it lately, must remember to look out for it. Another gem. Up and sharing.

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      Rumana 

      5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      "Sapodilla" word is new for me. We just know it by chickoo .

      I just love chickoo Milkshake. But I think chickoo is not found in all Countries (I didn't found it in Australia)

      Your hub is very informative.

      Voted up Useful!

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