Marcoted Chico Seedlings
Chico or Sapodilla (common name) is a hardy tree that is native to tropical climate; sapodilla was carried by the Spanish first to the Philippines and eventually to other tropical countries. It derives both its Spanish name zapotilla and its Malay and Indian names, chiku, from the Aztec, chikl. Sapodilla is a very sweet and tasty fruit; it is high in fiber, iron, and calcium. To enjoy this delicious fruit, it must be eaten as soon as it ripens, it can also be eaten as fresh fruit, milkshakes and ice creams.
Health Benefits of Chico or Sapodilla:
- Sapodilla is use in folk medicine as a purgative and as remedy for diarrhea. It is prepared by boiling the young fruits and the decoction is taken to stop diarrhea.
- The bark decoction was used as vaginal wash and wash for wounds and skin ulcers. Other Uses: The bark of sapodilla tree is rich in white, gummy latex called chicle (contains 15% rubber and 38% resin).
- This milky sap is the main ingredient in manufacturing of chewing gum which gives the tree its main importance there.
- The sapodilla tree is valued for its hard, heavy and durable wood which is use for building homes and furniture, tool handles, carts, etc. It has a high tannin content which makes it useful as a source of dyes.