Chico Zapote or simply chico which in English is known as Sapodilla is a popular fruit in Guatemala. From the sap of Chico Zapote tree is produced the natural chewing gum known as chicle. Oh how I enjoy inflicting nostalgic pinches to the Guatemalans living abroad! ;-)
When was the last time you had chico zapote?
The flavor of Chico Zapote is exceptionally sweet and very tasty, with what can be described as a malty flavor. The unripe fruit is hard to the touch and contains high amounts of saponin, which has astringent properties similar to tannin, drying out the mouth.
The Chico Zapote is a large ellipsoid berry, 4-8 cm in diameter, very much resembling a smooth-skinned potato and containing 2-5 seeds. Inside, its flesh ranges from a pale yellow to an earthy brown color with a grainy texture akin to that of a well-ripened pear. The seeds are black and resemble beans, with a hook at one end that can catch in the throat if swallowed. (Source: Wikipedia)
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