Zentraveler discovers the Filipino fruit Chico!

Chico Fruit

One of the most delicious fruits I have ever eaten. It tastes like a cross between the best ice cream you ever had and an award-winning desert at a five-star restaurant. It has a distinctive sweet taste and is even better when served cold.

The Chico fruit is originally from Mexico and the West Indies. It was widely spread throughout Southeast Asia as the Spaniards brought it along with them on their way to find and explore new territories to be colonized. The Chico, also known as Sapodilla has many names such as Chico or Tsiko in the Philippines, Chikoo or Chiku in India and Pakistan, Sawo nilo in Malaysia and Indonesia, Sapoti in Brazil and Haiti, Sapote in Mexico, Hawaii, Southern California and down to Southern Florida.

The Chico is an Energy Fruit containing so much sugar that people with diabetes are advised to avoid eating it. However, the Chico contains Vitamin A, B complex, C, and minerals like; Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Selenium, copper and Zinc. These Vitamins and Minerals found in the Chico fruit are essential for bodily health.

Many fruit lovers prefer the Chico due to its sweetness, malt-like flavor and soft flesh. It could be served as sherbet, jam or syrup, mixed with ice cream or simply just eaten as it is.

To eat simply break the fruit in half with your hands, spoon or knife, and remove the hard black seeds and eat!
Bon Appetit!

So there you have it if you want a fast energy boost and a delicious tasting fruit add chicos to your menu!

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: There is a Cree proverb that says, “Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Growth Habit: The chico is an attractive upright, slow-growing, long-lived evergreen tree. Distinctly pyramidal when young, with age the tree may develop a crown that is dense and rounded or sometimes open and somewhat irregular in shape. It is strong and wind-resistant and rich in a white, gummy latex. In the tropics it can grow to 100 feet, but grafted cultivars are substantially shorter. A 40-year old tree in La Mesa, California is only about 12 feet tall.

Leaves: The leaves are highly ornamental, 3 to 4-1/2 inches long and 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide. They are medium green, glossy, alternate and spirally clustered at the tip of forked twigs.

Flowers: Chico flowers are small, inconspicuous and bell-like, approximately 3/8 inch in diameter. They are borne on slender stalks in the axil of the leaves. There are several flushes of flowers throughout the year.

Fruit: The fruit is round to egg-shape, 2 – 4 inches in diameter. The skin is brown and scruffy when ripe. The flesh varies from yellow to shades of brown and sometimes reddish-brown, and may be smooth or of a granular texture. The flavor is sweet and pleasant, ranging from a pear flavor to crunchy brown sugar. Fruits can be seedless, but usually have from 3 to 12 hard, black, shiny, flattened seeds about 3/4 inch long in the center of the fruit.


ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Those who have not tasted the bitter cannot have the sweet. Eat more Chicos —you deserve a sweet treat!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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4 responses to “Zentraveler discovers the Filipino fruit Chico!

  1. Your writings are awesome and better than COCO-LOCO was! You have more flavor…more zip…and these Chico fruit..is that the same as Florida Japanese Plum? Happy trails…your lost friend you keep iqnoring….Pepper….KEEP WRITING VAN..

  2. This is a very tasty fruit and it has loads of vitamins and nutrients. I have been saving the seeds to grow on an acre of land. Wonderful sweetness.
    You need to make sure that the fruit is soft to the touch before refrigerating. Can be chopped up and added to ice cream.

  3. Ben Santero

    Is there a picture of a chico flower (stages) turning to a fruit?

  4. Ben Santero

    I have a Philippine Chico tree approximately 6-7 years old (from seed) for the first time started flowering. Will they turn onto fruits?
    San Diego, California

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