Also known as sapota and chikoo, the sapodilla berry is a tropical fruit that boasts supple and easily digestible flesh. The outer surface of the fruit is a gray/brown in color and is rough to the touch. Unripe fruits have a hard and inedible pulp that secretes saponin which has a latex-like texture.
Once a sapodilla fruit ripens, the pulp turns as brown as the skin and becomes soft and sweet. The texture is grainy and the fruit has a musky aftertaste to it. It contains several black, smooth, bean-like seeds at its center.
Health Benefits of Sapodilla
1. Relieves Constipation
Sapodilla berries contain natural fiber which relieves constipation and ensures smooth bowel movements. The fiber also protects the mucosa of the colon from toxins that can otherwise cause cancer. In other words, sapodilla can be eaten as a safe and natural laxative.
2. Contains Anti-Oxidants
The sapodilla berry is rich in anti-oxidants such as tannin, a naturally occurring polyphenol. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and antiviral effects making it a super compound in a way. This makes it a good remedy against hemorrhoids and as a blood clotting agent. Tannin also prevents acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.
3. Rich Source of Minerals
Ripe and fresh sapodilla is a rich source of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium. It is also a rich source of vitamins such as niacin and folate. All of these components are essential for optimal health and a healthy metabolism.
Our favorite recipe for Sapodilla Berries.
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