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.