Sapodilla is an interesting fruit for real gourmets.
This amazing plant, which resembles potatoes in appearance, and looks like caramel in sweet taste, is a very popular fruit in the countries of Southeast Asia due to its nutritional value, usefulness and, of course, amazing taste.
Sapodilla is a very interesting and tasty fruit, which, by the way, has many other names (chiku, oily tree, sapotyl tree, achra), is the fruit of an evergreen tree, which belongs to the sapot family.
It grows on tall slow-growing trees with a pyramidal crown, which bear fruit year-round without a special attachment to seasonality. Interestingly, the bark of the tree with damage and unripe fruits are able to secrete tannin and white latex, which is used in the manufacture of chewing gum.
The shape of the fruit resemble small-sized potatoes, they have an oblong shape, reach a diameter of no more than 5-10 cm in diameter, and they also resemble a large plum.The ripe fruit of the sapodilla has a brownish skin, beneath which lies a delicate, slightly fibrous flesh, somewhat reminiscent of the structure of persimmon.
It tastes very sweet, and if the fruit is also overripe, it becomes cloyingly sweet at all. Mexico is considered the birthplace of this unusual tropical fruit, but in the 16th century it was brought to Thailand, after which it spread to almost all Asian countries, today it is also cultivated in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Hawaii, and some tropical regions of Africa and even America.
Unfortunately, it is possible to try this amazing product only in those places where it grows directly, because it is very poorly stored and almost not transportable.
It is impossible to meet him in our markets, and it’s not just the storage period: you need to use sapodilla fresh, because after 2-3 days the fruit begins to lose most of its beneficial properties, and also loses its pleasant and fragrant taste.
This local people actively use this tropical fruit instead of sweet candy, it is added to cakes and sweet buns, to desserts, and also to prepare fragrant jam. But from the seeds of sapodilla harvest oil, which is actively used in cosmetology, especially for hair care.
Useful properties of the product
It is not hard to guess that such an exotic fruit is valued not only for its taste, but also for its very valuable composition, which favorably affects the human body. It contains a large amount of iron, potassium, calcium, as well as vitamins A, groups B and C, as well as other micro and macro elements.
The combination of fructose and glucose, which are in perfect harmony with the vitamin composition, perfectly nourish the brain, and also give strength, add energy and tone to the body. A large amount of vitamin A contributes to the prevention of eye diseases, and vitamin A in combination with vitamin B has a beneficial effect on the skin of the face and body, making it more elastic and resilient.
Also, sapodilla favorably affects the digestive system, removes toxins and rid the body of toxins, refers to products that are capable of free radicals.
It is believed that this fruit is an excellent food supplement for those people who suffer from weak immunity or are in the rehabilitation stage after serious diseases.
Sapodilla oil is very widely applicable, especially in cosmetology: for regular care of oily and normal skin of the face, as well as for the treatment of problem skin prone to dermatitis.
And yet you should not elevate the useful properties of this product, in fact, it does not differ by some unique abilities, however, it is an excellent opportunity to diversify a healthy menu, there will definitely be no harm from it, only benefit.
How to choose sapodilla?
Although this fruit does not apply to seasonal, it has the best taste qualities from September to January, especially if you decide to try it in Thailand.
Prefer slightly soft fruits with whole skin, such as when choosing a ripe persimmon. It should not be dense, or have, on the contrary, excessively soft places, be sure to pay attention to the appearance of the fruit: it should not have dents or scratches.
If possible, chiku, as the locals often call it, is better to try: it should have a light aroma and caramel sweetness.
How they eat?
Pre-fruit must be cut into two halves, inside you will find from 3 to 12 oblong, dense and black seeds, which must be pulled out before use.They are easily separated from the pulp, but at the ends they have small hooks that can easily catch inside the throat, so you need to be careful.
After that, the tender pulp can be easily eaten with a spoon, or you can cut the fruit into slices and use it without any devices. For those who follow their weight, it will be useful to know the caloric value of the sapodila, which is approximately 70 kcal per 100 g of product. It does not contain protein and fats, but the level of carbohydrates in it is about 23% per 100 g.
We grow chiku at home
What is surprising, but this plant is perfectly suitable for growing at home. It can be planted with seeds that have been extracted from the plant, however, they can not be stored for a long time, it is necessary to plant the seeds as soon as possible. They emerge about a month after landing, sometimes earlier.
The plant requires moderate watering, loose soil and a pot that will fit the size of the tree.
By the way, it is the pot that is of great importance in this matter: too much capacity will impede the growth of the plant, so it is better even less, the more.
By following these easy rules, you can easily grow a plant so unusual and exotic for our latitudes at home.
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