Friday, September 28, 2012
We have a chico tree in our backyard providing us a steady supply of the sweet brown fruit during the third quarter of the year.
Scientifically known as Achras zapota or Manilkara zapota, chico is also called sapodilla. An evergreen native to Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, chico probably reached Philippine shores during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade from 1565 to 1815.
In Tagalog parlance, amoy-tsiko or 'chico-smelling' refers to the smell of a drunk person. Here is a close-up picture showing the buds of our chico tree. Ripened fruits are expected to appear by November: