Chico, also known as chikoo,sapodilla, sapota popular tropical fruit in line with mango, banana, jackfruit, etc. Sapota comprises of soft, easily digestible pulp made of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose. Sapote thought to have originated in the Central American rain forests, probably in Mexico and Belize. Today, its cultivation has spread all over the tropical belt and grown as a major commercial crop in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Benefits of chico
1. Rich in Vitamin A and C – A sapota a day might keep the eye doctor away. The vitamin A present in it, keep our eyes healthy and the benefits may be visible, while growing old. For vitamin C, its benefits are best known. It keeps the body’s immunity strong, skin in good condition, kills free radicals, prevents heart disorders etc.
2. Energy Provider – The natural fructose and sucrose content in sapota can give provide body a lot of energy.
3. Anti-Inflammatory – Sapota has a high content of tannin, which in turn works as a natural anti-inflammatory.
4. Helps in Digestion – It keeps the digestive system in check and prevents a condition, that bothers urban India a lot for its irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The dietary fibers make the sapota a laxative, therefore helping to fix the constipation problems.
5. Source of Antioxidants – Apart from being rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, B and C. The sapota is also packed with anti-oxidants and therefore, it’s reported to prevent certain types of cancer such as oral cavity cancer.
6. Good for the Bones – The fruit is rich in calcium, phosphorus and iron. Therefore it helps to keep the bones strong. It is a good source of minerals like iron, folates, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorous, selenium etc, which are very essential for facilitating various body functions, including proper bone growth.
7. Controls Blood Pressure – The magnesium in sapota keeps the blood vessels up and running. The potassium regulates the blood pressure and circulation. It is also good to treat anaemia, as it is also rich in iron.
8. Good for Moms-to-Be – Packed with electrolytes, Vitamin A and carbohydrates, sapotas are good for expecting and even for lactating mothers. A sapota can help to deal with morning sickness and dizziness and thus it helps in the production of collagen too, it keeps stomach related disorders at bay.
9. Controls Weight – A sapota might work to rid of body from water retention. It regularises the body’s metabolism and helps to lose weight.
10. Beauty Benefits – Eating the sapota regularly helps to remove toxins from the body and is thus great for skin and hair; it keeps them healthy and moisturised. However, the fruit must be consumed directly, instead of putting it on your face or on thehair, unless it is done everyday. In fact, the sapota is known as a ‘happy’ food; it helps to promote the production of collagen and prevents the growth of deep wrinkles.
Types of chico
- Brown Sugar variety – Fruit is medium to small, 2 to 2-1/2 inches long, nearly round. Skin is light, scruffy brown. Flesh pale brown, fragrant, juicy, very sweet and creamy, texture is slightly granular. Quality is superb.
- Prolific variety – the fruit is round-conical, 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long and broad. Skin is scruffy, brown, becoming nearly smooth at maturity. Flesh is light-pinkish, mildly fragrant, texture smooth, flavor sweet, quality good..
- Russel type – The fruit is large, round 3 to 5 inches in diameter and length. Skin is scruffy brown with gray patches. Flesh is pinkish, mildly fragrant, texture somewhat granular. Flavor is rich and sweet.
Adding chicos to your diet
It may be eaten just as it is or fresh sapota sections can be added to salads. Sapodilla-milkshake (chikoo milkshake)/smoothie is a favorite drink in Asia. It also used in ice-creams, fruit-jam, cakes, pie, etc.
Word of caution
Latex and tannins are highly concentrated in the raw sapodilla fruits and therefore it intensely bitter in taste. Eating unripe fruits may cause mouth ulcers, itchy sensation in the throat and breathing difficulty, especially in the children.
Recipe for Chiku Walnut Kheer
Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 25 mins Total Time: 35 mins Makes 5 to 6 servings
1 tsp ghee
6 tsp rice (chawal) , washed and soaked
1500 ml milk
6 tsp sugar
12 walnuts (akhrot) , roasted and crushed
4 chickoo, made into pulp
few roasted walnuts (akhrot)
Heat the ghee in non stick pan and add the rice. Saute for 2-3 minutes till the ghee is absorbed.
Add 1000 ml of milk and boil for 14-15 minutes or till rice is cooked.
Add the sugar, remaining 500 ml milk and crushed walnut.
Boil for 5-6 minutes or till becomes thick.
Remove from flame, cool and add chiku pulp. Mix well.
Chill in refrigerator for half an hour.
Served chilled and garnish with walnut pieces.
Recipe for Chickoo and Nut Milkshake
Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 0 mins Total Time: 10 mins Makes 5 glasses
2 cups chickoo cubes
2 tbsp chopped cashewnuts (kaju)
3 cups milk
2 tbsp sugar
For The Garnish
2 1/2 tbsp chopped walnuts (akhrot)
Combine the milk, chickoo, cashewnuts and sugar in a juicer and blend till smooth.
Pour equal quantities of the milkshake into 5 individual glasses.
Serve immediately garnished with ½ tbsp of walnuts in each glass.
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