Chiku / Sapodila / Zapota / Sapota - 500 gms

Regular price Rs. 80.00

Manilkara zapota, commonly known as sapodilla , sapote, naseberry, nispero or chicle, is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. An example natural occurrence is in coastal Yucatán in the Petenes mangroves ecoregion, where it is a subdominant plant species. It was introduced to the Philippines during Spanish colonisation. It is grown in large quantities in Mexico and in tropical Asia including India, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh.

1.Promotes Gut Health

The natural plant compound tannins in sapota contain polyphenol which neutralizes acid secretion in the gut. The powerful antiparasitic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties soothe the irritated tummy, treat gastritis and other bowel disorders. Furthermore, being rich in fibre aids digestion and works as an excellent laxative providing relief from constipation and lowers infections of the gut.

2. Stronger Bones

The umpteen amount of minerals calcium, phosphorus, copper and iron present in sapota help to strengthen the bone. Regular intake of chikoo can greatly improve bone quality. Lack of copper in the diet can increase the risk of osteoporosis, the presence of copper in sapota is pivotal for the health of bones, promotes muscle and tissue strength.

3.Bolsters Immunity

Sapota comes with a whopping amount of vitamins C, A and antioxidants that play a crucial role in triggering the immune system, scavenge free radicals, promotes skin health and lowers risk of chronic diseases. In addition, it also shields the body from virus, bacteria and parasite attacks.

4. Boost Energy

Sapota being rich in fructose and sucrose provides you with an instant source of energy. An ideal fruit to be taken during the workout, it replenishes the body with a quick source of natural energy. Moreover, it is also the right choice of fruit for growing children and pregnant women to meet their increasing demand for nutrients to lead a healthy life.

5.Healthy Skin

Sapota is a great fruit for enhancing skin health and beauty. The abundance of vitamins A, C, E and K in sapota keep the skin hydrated and rejuvenates skin cells. The rich array of polyphenols, flavonoids and antioxidants makes the skin wrinkle-free, improves the complexion, slow down ageing and glow naturally. The milky sap obtained from sapota is also beneficial in clearing warts and fungal growth on the skin.

6.Prevents Cancer

Sapota enriched with antioxidants is one of the best fruits which can lower the risk of various forms of cancer. The goodness of vitamins A and B aids in maintaining the mucus lining healthy and lowers the risk of lung and oral cancers. Being super-rich in dietary fibre facilitates to keep the gut healthy and protects the body from colon cancer.

7.Controls Blood Pressure

Sapota is a highly recommended fruit for controlling high blood pressure. As it is loaded with an ample amount of potassium, it aids in lowering sodium levels, promotes blood circulation and regulates the blood pressure.

Additional Health Benefits

Good for Moms-to-Be

Loaded with electrolytes, carbohydrates, and vitamins, Sapota is considered a superfood for expecting mothers. To tackle morning sickness and dizziness, pregnant women should eat this fruit. Since it keeps stomach-related disorders at bay, lactating mothers can also consume it daily.

Hair Health

Eating sapota regularly helps to remove toxins from your body which makes it ideal for your skin and hair. Rich in iron, potassium, sodium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus, sapota is known as happy hair food as it helps promote the production of collagen. Sapota seed oil is effective on the itchy scalp and is a good moisturiser for hair.

Cures Cold and Cough

Sapota contains essential chemical compounds that can remove the phlegm and thick mucus from the respiratory tract and keep congestion and chronic coughs at bay.

Digestive Benefits

Sapota has a myriad of health benefits when eaten with the skin. Nutrients in chickoo maintain the health of the mucus lining. Enriched with potassium, iron, folate, and pantothenic acid, it regulates smooth functioning of the digestive tract.

How To Select And Store Sapota?

Sapota is available all-round the year in the markets. Mature fruit looks brown and it is easily separated from the stem without draining of latex. To make sure the fruit is mature scratch the fruit to find out whether the skin is green or not beneath the scurf.

Buy sapota with smooth, intact skin without any cuts, bruises or wrinkles. The ripen fruit yields to gentle thumb pressure. Mature unripe fruits should be kept at room temperature for 7 to 10 days to ripen, while firm, ripe chickoos can kept well in the refrigerator for a few days at home.

How To Serve Sapota?

Wash the sandy scruff before eating in running cold water.Fresh sapota fruit can be consumed once it turns soft.Cut the fruit into two halves and then scoop the flesh using a spoon and discard the seeds.

As it’s enormously dominating in flavour and taste, sapota is best relished by itself.Other Ways To Serve This Delicious Fruit Include:

Fresh chickoo is a great add-on to fruit salads.Sapota milkshake or smoothie is a favourite energy-boosting drink.Sapota can also be made into delightful halwa, kheer or barfis

It is also used in making ice-creams, jams, jellies, cakes, pie and other desserts.

Side Effects

Raw sapota fruit contains a high amount of latex and tannins which taste extremely bitter. Hence eating unripe fruits may result in mouth ulcers, itchy sensation in the throat and breathing difficulty, particularly in children.