Manilkara zapota (L.) P.Royen (Family: Sapotaceae) is a tropical plant originated from central America. It is now grown in many parts of the world for its edible fruits. In Malaysia, it is known as 'ciku', which is pronounced as 'chi ku'. The plant may be grown from seeds, but for maintaining varietal consistency it has been grown vegitatively.
For taxonomic information of the Family Sapotaceae please visit "Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)" of The United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD.
The fruits are about the size and shape of chicken eggs. The skin is brownish and becoming soft when the fruits have ripen. The seeds are three-four per fruit, black in colour and have tough coats.
Deliciously sweet. While eating, the tongue can feel some sort of grainy materials. Sometimes the fruit contain whitish crystalline substance, which could be made of calcium compounds.
The fruit with an egg