Like exotic fruits? Then why not consider growing a chikoo tree right at your home. The chikoo fruit is a tropical fruit that ranks amongst the favorites – mango, banana, and jackfruit. Growing sapodillas are thought to have originated in the Yucatan peninsula and nearby southern regions of Mexico, Belize, and northeastern Guatemala. You may recognize the name ‘Chicle’, which refers to the latex excreted by the fruit and is used as a chewing gum base. A good reason to grow a sapodilla tree is its amazing source of nutrition within the fruit, which is composed of fructose and sucrose and is rich in calories.
Common name: Sapota, Chikoo
Scientific name: Manilkara zapota
Size: Can grow upto 30m high
Maintenance: Moderate care required