Sapodilla, also known as ‘chico’ is a popular fruit from Mexico and introduced in the Philippines during Spanish colonization.
When we say sapota, we are basically referring to the tropical evergreen tree that bears this fruit.
Sapota is a delicious calorie-rich fruit belonging to the category of fruits like mango, banana and jack fruit. Its other names are nose berry, sapodilla plum, chickoo sapote etc.
The consumption of sapodilla is recommended in herbal medicine as it has an uncountable number of medicinal uses.
The sapodilla fruit is brown in color. It has a kiwi fruit-like texture but the outer surface is without any fuzziness, which looks quite like a rounded potato, has a brown skin with a sweet and grainy flesh.
Those who eat chico on a regular basis will enjoy several health benefits including overall improvement in bodily functions.
The main benefits are as following:
* Has anti-oxidant tannins* which when boiled (young fruits) cures diarrhea
* Rich in dietary fiber which relieves constipation.
* Helps protect the mucous membrane of the colon from cancer.
* Has Vitamins A- which is good for our eyes and C which helps our system fight its way against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.