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Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) is a tree native to the New World tropics. It grows to 30-40 m tall. The leaves are evergreen, alternate, elliptic to ovate, 7-15 cm long, with an entire margin. The flowers are white, with a six-lobed corolla. The fruit is a large globose yellow-brown berry 4-8 cm diameter, containing 2-10 seeds. Is also known as Chickoo (also spelled 'Chiku') in South Asia. The Sapodilla was formerly often known by the invalid name Achras sapota.
Fruit should be eaten when ripe. If too hard to the touch, bury it in a bag/box of rice and check daily till ripe when it become slightly soft to touch.
Sapodilla is widely grown for its edible fruit.
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