CHIKOO

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.

fruit on a tree
Brown balls on a Tree

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.

bud and fruits
Thorn on the Head

Surprisingly the same tree which bore White flowers and the “Chikoo fruit” was also bearing Red buds. Can someone explain this mysterious behaviour??

red buds
Red Buds??

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.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

31 thoughts on “CHIKOO”

      1. No, not that I know of. I don’t think they grow here, too cold during winter. Maybe there are specimen in botanical gardens in palm houses somewhere in Germany.

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      1. Most fruits, herbal, food, etc. origin India are all healthy, Maybe we buy them from India, but I am not sure. We were watching documentary on TV and it was a wedding ceremony in India, it was so colourful and beautiful. I remembered you and your blog. Thank you, Love, nia

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