Chikoo or the ‘Sapodilla fruit‘, scientifically known as Manilkara Zapota, belongs to the Sapotaceae family. It is a kiwi-like brown-colored fruit with smooth outer skin, soft and slightly sticky pulp and 3-5 black bean-like seeds.
Chikoo is mostly appreciated for its exceptionally sweet taste and flavor. 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
The total fruit production in the country is around 813 lakh tonnes of which the total Sapota production in the country is about 3.87 lakh tonnes. Ballari district of Karnataka is believed to be the largest producer of Sapota (43506 tonnes) in India.