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Sapodilla

Manilkara zapota

a.k.a. Chico Sapote, Zapote, Chicle

A uniquely flavored fruit, the soft brown flesh of the sapodilla tastes a bit like a sweet mix of brown sugar and root beer. The sapodilla tree is also the source of chicle, a chewing gum component.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Sapodilla. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2013.

Description

A slow growing and very large tree that can reach over 100ft in the tropics. Fruiting occurs 4-6 months after flowering, with fruit sometimes ripening in bunches multiple times of the year.

Hardiness

The sapodilla is reasonably hardy tree when full grown and can stand temperatures into the high 20's.

Growing Environment

Grow in full sun. Trees are at home in both dry and wet climates and is drought tolerant.

Propagation

By seeds or grafting. Seeds can remain viable for several years.

Uses

Eaten fresh, usually as a dessert fruit. The bark contains a gummy latex substance called chicle which used to be a primary ingredient in chewing gum.

Native Range

Native to the Yucatan, Guatemala, and Belize. It is now grown in much of the tropics.

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