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another tropical fruit, the sapodilla (manilkara zapota) is a long-lived evergreen tree native to the new world tropics. it grows to 30-40m tall. it is wind resistant and the bark is rich in a white, gummy latex called chicle. the ornamental leaves are green and glossy. the fruit is a large globose berry, 4-8cm in diameter, very much resembling a smooth skin potato containing 2-10 seeds. inside, its flesh ranges from pale yellow to earthy brown color with a grainy texture akin to that of a well-ripened pear. the flavor is exceptionally sweet.
the trees yield fruits 2x a year, altho flowering may continue year round. the fruit has a high latex content and doesn't ripened until picked. it is a native of mexico and was introduced to the philippines during the spanish time.
sapodilla was formerly often known by the invalid name achras sapota. it is known as chikoo or sapota in india and bangladesh, chikoo in pakistan, tsiko in the philippines, sawu in indonesia, ciku in malaysia, hong xiem in vietnam, sapodilla or rata-mi in sri lanka, lamoot in thailand, nispero in valenzuela, sugardilly in the bahamas and naseberry elsewhere in the west indies.

kingdom : plantae
division : magnoliophyta
class : magnoliopsida
order : ericales
family : sapotaceae
genus : manilkara
specie : manilkara zapota

infor source : wikipedia

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