Indonesia Eats

Sapodilla (Sawo-Chiku)

Sapodilla or Sawo in Indonesian is one of tropical fruits that I grew up with. I’m pretty lucky with many different fresh tropical fruits and vegetables which Asian stores have in Winnipeg. Sapodilla is the fruit of Manilkara zapota. It has an unique flavour, sweet malty flavour.

The unripe fruit is hard and contains high amounts of saponin, which has astringent properties similar to tannin, drying out the mouth.

Common names of Manilkara zapota:
• Chinese: ren xin guo
• English: beef apple, chicle, chico sapote, chicozapote, chiku, naseberry, noseberry, sapodilla, sapodilla plum
• French: nèfle d’amérique, sapote, sapotier, sapotillier
• German: breiapfel, breiapfelbaum, kaugummibaum, sapote, sapotille, sapotillbaum
• Hindi: चिकू chikoo
• Indonesian: sawo
• Japanese: sabojira, sapojira
• Khmer: lomut
• Konkani: चिक्कू chikku
• Korean: kkom na mu
• Lao: lamud
• Malay: chiku; In Kelantanese Malay, the fruit is called “sawo nilo” which is closer to Indonesian’s name
• Marathi: चिकू chiku, चिक्कू chikku
• Nepalese: gudalu, saapotaa
• Portuguese: sapoti, sapotizeiro
• Spanish: níspero, sapote (Latin America), zapote, zapotillo
• Tagalog: chico
• Thai: lamut, lamut-farang
• Vietnamese: hông xiêm, hong xuan dinh, tâm lu’c, xabôchê

Source: World Agroforestry Centre

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33 thoughts on “Sapodilla (Sawo-Chiku)”

  1. Oh wow! I'm impressed you can find this fruit in Winnipeg. Isn't the season yet so I barely see it from the fruit store near my home. Any recipes using this type of fruit?

  2. I love "chikku" very sweet and fragrant. I remember I once planted chikku in my garden and in the end all my chikkus were eaten up by squirrels ;DD

  3. Little Corner of Min

    Not sure whether I had this fruit before when I was in Malaysia. Definitely haven't seen this fruit here.

  4. Oh wow! I'm impressed you can find this fruit in Winnipeg. Isn't the season yet so I barely see it from the fruit store near my home. Any recipes using this type of fruit?

  5. I love "chikku" very sweet and fragrant. I remember I once planted chikku in my garden and in the end all my chikkus were eaten up by squirrels ;DD

  6. Lia: you can make it into milkshake, rolls, ice cream.Anncoo: ohh that's too bad!LCOM: It's very popular in tropical ocuntries including SE Asians.

  7. Little Corner of Mine

    Not sure whether I had this fruit before when I was in Malaysia. Definitely haven't seen this fruit here.

  8. Indonesia-Eats

    Lia: you can make it into milkshake, rolls, ice cream.

    Anncoo: ohh that's too bad!

    LCOM: It's very popular in tropical ocuntries including SE Asians.

  9. I was just thinking it looks familiar. Chiku! Love this fruit, I always eat a lot whenever I go back to Malaysia.

  10. I was just thinking it looks familiar. Chiku! Love this fruit, I always eat a lot whenever I go back to Malaysia.

  11. Shirley @ Kokken69

    Hello, I found your blog quite by chance while I was googling for Indonesian food. You have a really nice blog. I am suprised that the good old chikku is present in so many countries… 🙂 I learn something new today.

  12. Shirley @ Kokken69

    Hello, I found your blog quite by chance while I was googling for Indonesian food. You have a really nice blog. I am suprised that the good old chikku is present in so many countries… 🙂 I learn something new today.

  13. I just bought some Chico the other day. They have them here in Calgary. You can usually find them here at the Indian Grocery stores. When I go back to Winnipeg (my home town to visit and I'm able to find some) I bring Chico for my parent and rest of the family.

  14. I just bought some Chico the other day. They have them here in Calgary. You can usually find them here at the Indian Grocery stores. When I go back to Winnipeg (my home town to visit and I'm able to find some) I bring Chico for my parent and rest of the family.

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