We have a dog named Chikoo.
Her name was inspired by a lovely Fruit, the chikoo also called sapote in English.
I got to learn about this amazing fruit when I first came to Goa.
Anybody who tries it will tell you how delicious these brown roundish fruits are.
You take a bite and you will realize that nature keeps always a surprise up its sleeve.
The plant is a native to Mexico and South America but is growing splendid in tropical humid climates in general.
During the Spanish conquests, the chikoo was introduced and brought back from Mexico to the Philippine.
Nowadays the fruit is cultivated in big amounts in India. Furthermore, the trees milky juice is used to extract “chikle” substance which is of use in the production of chewing gums.
Mexico and South America concentrate their cultivation towards chikle production.
The tree itself is an evergreen tree, slowly growing and produces flowers all over the year and so the fruits too.
The fruit ripens only if plucked and should be stored in room temperature to ripen, and can be kept once ripe for 1 week at least in the fridge without a problem.
Bats love to eat them; we barely get a fruit to taste in our garden.
There are different types of chikoos, 2 are known to us here, the slight and slim chikoo and the round ones (called South Americans).
I personally enjoy the round ones more for they seem to have a more intense taste of the fruit.
The wonder and reason why everyone falls in love with this fruit are that it has a mellow caramel after taste which is best described all together as caramelized pears since the texture comes quite close to a pear.
Grainy bits, juicy and a fruity aroma.
It is also called “potato fruit” for its resemblance and plain brownish appearance.
It’s definitely not the prettiest fruit but a favorite of mine.
The Fruits nutritional benefits include high amounts of good sugars – Energy (better than Red Bull), rich in vitamins, minerals, and health heroes’ anti-oxidants.
I think these are enough excuses to enjoy this little treat without feeling guilty.
Locals feed their babies chikoo with milk because of its health benefits, natural sugars and easy to swallow properties.
Kids anyway relish it!
There are not so many options in using the fruit while cooking.
Most people enjoy it with milk, so you can make a milkshake or ice cream.
I have heard though of chikoo pickle and chikoo cake.
I am looking for recipes and ways of preparing it so if you know, please share it here with us.
Today I made a Chikoo shake for your eyes so you can prepare one later for your tummy. =)
My husband found these gorgeous looking bird nests on some coconut trees that day.
We used them as deco for our trees in our garden. We don’t know what birds those nests made since they were empty when we found them.
If you have any Idea which bird it can be, please let us know.
Please visit my Guest Post about Creme Anglaise at Cajunlicious.
Jessica had asked me to post on her blog and I was so excited since it was my first guest blogging.
I look up to Jessica for her skills and I treasure our friendship.
So…see you there!!! =D