The Golf Ball Sized “Chikoo”is a Delicious Ultra Sweet Fruit when Ripe .
Am familiar with the fruit from my childhood as it is widely available across the Country .
The “Chikoo” Tree in my House is however no more than a gnarled shrub and has never borne even a Bud let alone the tasty Fruit.
Little did I know this fruit was unknown to Asia and in particular the Indian Sub Continent till as late as the 15th century, as it was introduced from The Americas to Europe ( read Spanish) and then to India.
A handsome evergreen Tree bearing numerous “Chikoo” fruits spotted at the Uday Suites in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Sapodilla ( English), Chikoo ( Hindi) , Manilkara zapota ( Scientific name) is what the dull Brown Golf ball sized fruits are known as .
The Brown Skin of the Fruit needs to be peeled to reveal the insides which are Fleshy & Sweet. Multiple Glossy Black seeds are embedded in the Fleshy part of the Fruit.
But Beware if had Raw, your mouth will get all puckered up.
Originally from Central America the Plant bears small White Flowers , one of which you can see in the picture below.
Surprisingly the same tree which bore White flowers and the “Chikoo fruit” was also bearing Red buds. Can someone explain this mysterious behaviour??
The “Chikoo” Fruit is a Rich source of antioxidants and also helpful in curing ailments like Rheumatoid Arthiritis.
It is no surprise “Ayurveda” makes no mention of the fruit or any of its Health benefits as the fruit was unknown to the Ancient Indians in 1500 BCE.
Am Enchanted to see Fruit Trees as they reveal so much which remains secret till you attempt to peel the layers and LOOK.