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Chikoo

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Chikoo

Manilkara zapota

Chikoo is a fairly slow-growing, long-lived tree, upright and elegant, distinctly pyramidal when young. It is strong and wind-resistant, rich in white, gummy latex. Its leaves are highly ornamental, evergreen, glossy, alternate, spirally clustered at the tips of the forked twigs; elliptic, pointed at both ends, firm. Flowers are small and bell-like, with 3 brown-hairy outer sepals and 3 inner sepals enclosing the pale-green corolla. They are borne on slender stalks at the leaf bases. The fruit may be nearly round, oblate, oval, ellipsoidal, or conical. When immature it is hard, gummy and very astringent. Though smooth-skinned it is coated with a sandy brown scurf until fully ripe. The flesh ranges in color from yellowish to light or dark-brown or sometimes reddish-brown; may be coarse and somewhat grainy or smooth; becomes soft and very juicy, with a sweet flavor resembling that of a pear. Chikoo is native to Central America.

Sapodilla plum, Noseberry

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    সপেটা
  • Hindi:
    चीकू
  • Marathi:
    चीकू, चिक्कू
  • Tamil:
    சீமையிலுப்பை
  • Telugu:
    సీమ ఇప్పచెట్టు
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Taxanomy

ERICALES
SAPOTACEAE
Manilkara zapota

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