per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 20 g
Proteins 0.4 g
Fats 1.1 g
Water 78 g
Fiber 5.3 grams
Trans Fats 0 ug
Ash 0.5 grams


83 Calories per 100g

Should you be strolling the aisles of your local grocery store and spot an unfamiliar looking brown and tannish fruit, more than likely, you’ve stumbled upon a Sapodilla. Also known as Chikoo, Chico, Zapote, and Naseberry, the Sapodilla is an increasingly popular subtropical fruit found in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of the United States. Interesting not just in visual appearance, texture and flavor, the Sapodilla is also highly nutritious and holds a history of medicinal use in traditional medicine.

The Sapodilla has a unique, football shape and ranges in size from about two to four inches in diameter. Its exterior resembles that of a persimmon, yellow-orange and bumpy. When ripe, the color changes to a red-brown with hints of yellow. When cut open, the inside reveals bright, golden-orange flesh and a handful of hard, dark brown seeds. The taste is described as being sweet and malty with subtle notes of dates and brown sugar.

Besides its outstanding flavor, the Sapodilla is also rich in numerous vitamins and minerals. Its most outstanding characteristic its high vitamin C content, containing about six times that of oranges. Vitamin C repairs and maintains many vital bodily functions, as well as boosts your immune system. Also noteworthy is its ample vitamin A supply which promotes healthy eyesight, a strong heart and reproductive system. The fruit is also high in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and minerals such as iron and magnesium.

The nutritional benefits of the Sapodilla have long been recognized in alternative medicinal practices, not just for enhanced health, but for the treatment of several illnesses. The juice or syrup of the Sapodilla has long been used to treat diarrhea in both adults and children. Sapodilla tea may be used to help alleviate nausea and morning sickness. The bark and leaves are traditionally used as a laxative and antidiarrheal, while its juice was once known to be used as a remedy for jaundice.

Your Sapodilla journey doesn’t have to stop at the grocery store. Given the right growing conditions, you could attempt to invest in your own Sapodilla tree. They do well in warm temperatures, humid climates and acidic soil. It’s said that a single mature tree can produce up to 500 fruits a year, but more than likely you’ll get away with 300-400. It takes roughly 9 months to go from flower to ripe fruit, so be prepared for a year-long wait once planted.

Whether purchased from the store or grown in your backyard, the Sapodilla can be an enjoyable addition to your fruity kitchen experiments. Eat it as is, enjoy in its pulp form or add to a smoothie. Since it has a naturally sweet taste, it can also make for a pleasing topping on yogurt, cereal or pancakes, or try incorporating it into a salsa recipe. You can even top it with cream or ice cream for a truly delightful dessert.

Sapodillas may not be the most popular, but this fruit is certainly deserving of attention. From its unique appearance and flavor, to its impressive list of potential health benefits, the Sapodilla makes for a rewarding and unmistakable culinary experience.