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Sapotaceae, Manilkara zapota, Chico Sapote, Nispero

March 3, 2008

Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, Sapodilla (or Chico Sapote) is a traditional food plant of the Mayan and Aztec cultures and the source of chewing gum, or chicle, chewed by the Aztecs in pre-Colombian ties, still used in some commercial gums. The tree has spread to other parts of the tropical world, becoming a minor fruit crop.

Although grafted varieties can be managed low, larger trees can reach a height of 20 m. The tree is evergreen and produces round or egg-shaped fruits, which vary in size. Good varieties can be truly incredible. A good Sapodilla tastes like brown sugar, very sweet and slightly gritty like pears.

Sapotaceae, Manilkara zapota, chico sapote

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  1. Aleyda Molina permalink
    December 5, 2010 10:08:20 pm

    I have a 5 years old tree when I purchased it was alreadyn having fruits I got to take about 5 or 10 sweet fruits. I see tree getting full of flowers all the time also those flowers dont become fruits. The tree is very healthy it has gwown a lot nice looking tree, i feed it but could that be that I’m using the wrong food? or do I need to feed it in a particular time?
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