Sapodilla known as “chiku” in hindi is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is grown in large quantities in Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Mexico. Sapodilla can grow to more than 30 m (98 ft) tall with an average trunk diameter of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). It is wind-resistant and the bark is rich in a white, gummy latex called chicle. The fruit has an exceptionally sweet, malty flavor. Sapodilla contains three to five black, smooth, shiny, bean-shaped inedible seeds located at the center of the fruit. The unripe fruit is hard to the touch and contains high amounts of saponin, which has astringent properties similar to tannin, drying out the mouth.
Health benefits of Sapodilla:
The high content of tannins makes chiku an important anti-inflammatory agent. It helps in improving the condition of the digestive tract through prevention of diseases like esophagitis, enteritis, irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis.
Good For Eyes:
Sapodilla contains a high amount of Vitamin A which helps in improving vision even during old age.
Being rich in calcium, iron and phosphorus, this fruit greatly helps in enhancing and strengthening the bones.
The Sapodilla herb is known for its hemostatic properties i.e. stopping blood loss. Thus, this herb is beneficial in reducing bleeding in case of piles and injuries. The ground seeds can be applied as a paste for alleviating stings and insect bites.
Cold And Cough:
Chiku fruit is effective in keeping congestion and chronic coughs at bay by removing the phlegm and mucus from the nasal passage and respiratory tract.
The high latex content of sapodilla fruit can be used as a crude filling for tooth cavities.
Aids In Weight Loss:
Chiku fruit indirectly helps in weight loss and prevents obesity by regulating the secretion of gastric enzymes, thereby regulating metabolism.
Prevention Of Certain Cancers:
The Vitamins A and B help in maintaining the health of the mucus lining of the body and the texture of the skin. The antioxidants, dietary fiber and nutrients found in sapodilla provide protection against cancer and tightly bind the carcinogens (toxins) to protect the mucus membrane of the colon.
Chiku is regarded as an anti-diarrheal due to its purgative properties. A decoction made by boiling this fruit in water can cure diarrhea. It also helps in the alleviation of piles and dysentery.
The crushed seeds of this fruit act as a diuretic, thus helping to expel bladder and kidney stones. It provides protection against kidney diseases as well.
Skin benefits of Sapodilla:
Sapodilla fruit is rich in antioxidants. Therefore, it acts as an anti-ageing agent by eradicating free radicals in the body which are responsible for enhancing the ageing process. It is also effective in reducing wrinkles.
Chiku fruit helps to make your skin glowing, enhance your natural skin texture and complexion. The Vitamin E in this fruit moisturizes your skin, thus giving you healthy and beautiful skin.
Hair benefits of Sapodilla:
The seeds of chiku can be grounded to make a paste and mixed with castor oil. This mixture should be applied on scalp and washed off the next day. This makes hair smooth and the problem of dandruff can also be controlled.
Treat Hair fall:
The sapodilla seed oil nourishes the scalp by alleviating irritated skin conditions and promotes healthy hair growth. This oil is considered to be effective in treating hair-fall caused by seborrheic dermatitis.
Ways to have Sapodilla in your diet:
3 chiku (Sapodilla)
1 cup cream
2 glass milk
5 tsp sugar
ice as required
- Peel chickoo and cut into small pieces.
- Take out its seeds.
- Now blend milk, sugar and chiku in a mixer so that it is mixed properly.
- Now mix half of the cream and again blend.
- Put the shake in the glasses.
- Put some cream and crushed ice in the glasses and serve it chilled.