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Introduction

Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) is an evergreen tree native in Central America, southern Mexico and the Caribbean. It can grow more than 30m in high and it is a wind-resistant tree. It produces fruits which are like large berries in diameter and their flesh is yellowish-brown in colour with streaks of orange when fully ripe. 

History

The fruit is believed to be native in southern Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. It was later introduced in other parts of tropical America, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Florida. It was also introduced to the Philippines during Spanish colonization. 

Regions

Nowadays sapodilla is introduced in many areas around the globe. It is produced in large quantities in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, and Bangladesh.

Flavours & Texture

The fruit has a very sweet, malty flavour with a mild pear-like undertone. It has a soft, pulpy texture that is juicy and also slightly gritty, although not unpleasantly.  

Preparation

Skin, quarter and de-seed sapodillas before use. It is recommended to use sapodillas when they are very soft. You can eat it raw, or you can add it in a fruit salad, in your smoothies or make juice.

Nutritional Value

Sapodilla is a very good source of fibre and it also contains antioxidant compounds known as tannins. 

Calories per 100 g

83 kcal

Fat

1.1 g

Carbohydrates

20 g

Fiber

5.3 g

Protein

0.4 g

Calcium

21 mg

Iron

0.8 mg

Potassium

193 mg