Description

 Chiku

Chikus, also known as sapodillas, are tropical fruits native to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They belong to the genus Manilkara and are prized for their sweet, caramel-like flavor and grainy texture. Chikus are consumed fresh or used in various culinary applications.

Types of Chikus:

  1. Common Chiku (Manilkara zapota):
    • Description: Common chikus have an oval or round shape with a rough, brownish skin. The flesh is sweet, soft, and granular, resembling the texture of a ripe pear. The color of the flesh ranges from light brown to dark brown.
    • Subtypes: N/A
    • Grades: Chikus are generally not graded extensively like some other fruits. However, they are typically assessed based on ripeness, size, and overall quality.
    • Moisture Content: Chikus have a high moisture content, typically around 75-80%.
    • Counts: Sold by weight or quantity per unit.

Additional Information:

  • Nutritional Value: Chikus are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins (such as vitamin C and vitamin A), and minerals (such as potassium, calcium, and iron).
  • Ripeness: Chikus are best enjoyed when fully ripe. They should yield slightly to gentle pressure and have a fragrant aroma when ripe.
  • Storage: Ripe chikus should be stored at room temperature and consumed within a few days to prevent overripening. Unripe chikus can be stored at room temperature until they ripen.
  • Uses: Chikus can be eaten fresh, sliced and added to fruit salads, blended into smoothies, or used in desserts such as puddings, ice creams, and jams.