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The fruit Ciku has an exceptionally sweet and delicious flavor along with lots of nutritional values. Ciku is one of the best fruits to provide quick energy as it’s loaded with fructose and sucrose and regarded as a natural boosting energy food.
The fleshy, brown fruit is the size of a small tomato and has the flavor and texture of cinnamon, apple, and pear. The fruits are very astringent when young and must be fully ripened and soft to be eaten. The latex of the sapodilla plant is also the source of chicle, the chewing gum of the Aztecs.
Ciku 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. The tree is one of fast growing, wind and drought resistant, and it flourishes well even under dry arid regions receiving scanty rains. However, water irrigation during summer would result in good fruit yields.