Sapodilla originated in the Central America, either in Belize or Mexico. Long time ago, the people of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans would boil sap gathered from the tree and mold it into blocks and cut them into bite size pieces to chew.
It is now being grown in major tropical countries and is now a major commercial crop in Indonesia, Malaysia and India. This fruit was introduced to Florida from the Bahamas around the 1800s.
Sapodilla is an evergreen fruit bearing tree belonging to the Sapotaceae family, its scientific name is Manilkara zapota. A tree that grows quite fast and thrives well on dry arid climate. It can bear fruit to as much as 2000 pieces per year.
Sapodilla fruit is a berry with an oval shape that measures about 10cm in diameter, weighing around 150g. Skin of a ripe fruit is brown in color looking like a kiwi fruit, it tastes sweet with a grainy texture and a slight musky flavor.
What do you gain from eating sapodilla? A lot! Aside from being a traditional medicine to treat coughs, colds and diarrhea, it can provide you a good supply of dietary fiber. The tasty fruit can boost your energy with its high content of fructose and sucrose. It is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. Most importantly, it can give you a wide array of nutrients for the best health benefits you can get. Sapodilla can help obesity and weight loss by modifying secretion of gastric enzymes. It is known to reduce and stop bleeding due to injury. This herb can give relief from constipation and provide support to colons’ membrane making it resistant to infection. The amount of Vitamin A it holds can help improve ones’ vision, even during old age. Together with vitamin B, can help maintain the health of the body’s mucus lining.
Eating this super fruit greatly enhances and strengthens the bones because of its high amount of iron, calcium and phosphorus. The high presence of polyphenolic antioxidants, keeps bacteria from entering our body while pantothenic acid, folate, niacin and potassium make sure that our digestive system is functioning well. Sapodilla is also a strong sedative to calm our nerves, making us relax and alleviate stress. Ideal for people who are experiencing depression and anxiety.
Sapodilla is also good for pregnant and lactating mothers for its high carb and nutrients. Safe for infants over 6 months of age, to help them in their physical and mental growth.
As a precaution, avoid overeating sapodilla as it may cause abdominal discomfort and pain. Eating unripe sapodilla may cause mouth irritation and breathing problem due to its late and tannin content. Avoid using the seeds as a medication as they are highly toxic.
I eat my sapodilla with skin on… that’s the most nutritious part!
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