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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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 Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota
Family: Sapotaceae
Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit
Origin: Tropical America
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Varieties: Makok, Tikal, Alano, Oxkutzcab, Hasya, Morena, Molix. Season: Sporadic throughout year, March - July. Sapodilla is well spread throughout the tropics. For centuries, It has been one of the most popular and most productive tropical fruit trees in the world, widely grown in India and Africa, West Indies, Philippines, Malaysia, Tropical America and Southern Florida.

Besides delicious fruit, the tree produces white, gummy latex that was an original source of chewing gum (chicle).

Sapodilla is a fairly slow-growing, long-lived medium-size tree, upright and elegant, dense and distinctly pyramidal, with thick glossy green leaves. Flowers are small and bell-like, borne on slender stalks at the leaf bases. The fruit has gray-brown rough textured skin and pinkish-brown, moist, soft and delicious flesh that tastes like a pear soaked in brown sugar. Unripe fruits are hard and unpleasantly astringent. Each fruit has a few hard, black seeds that can be easily separated from the flesh. There is great variation in the size and form of the fruit, from almost round and large, to small and elongated. Numerous varieties and hybrids have been selected throughout the world. Sapodilla trees fruit prolifically, at frequent intervals throughout the year. In the tropics, some cultivars bear almost continuously. The fruits mature 4 to 6 months after flowering.

Most often eaten fresh. After the peel is removed, the fruit is sliced into pieces which are often carved into decorative shapes.

Sapodilla fruit is usually cut in half and the flesh is eaten with a spoon. It is an ideal dessert fruit as the skin, which is not eaten, remains firm enough to serve as a "shell". The flesh may be scooped out and added to fruit cups or salads. A dessert sauce is made by adding orange juice, and topping with whipped cream. Sapodilla flesh may also be blended into an egg custard mix before baking. The fruit is sometimes fried or stewed with lime juice or ginger. Mashed sapodilla pulp can be added to pancake batter and bread mix before baking. Cooking with sugar changes the brown color of the flesh to a pleasing red.

Sapodilla wine is also very good. Young leafy shoots are eaten raw or steamed with rice in Indonesia, after washing to eliminate the sticky sap.

A major by-product of the sapodilla tree is the gummy latex called "chicle", containing 15% rubber and 38% resin.

The plant grows naturally in the calcareous marl and disintegrated limestone, and is well adapted to Florida soils; it flourishes also in other types of soil, from deep, loose, organic soil, to loam, light clay, sand or even gravel, but requires excellent drainage. It is strong, wind-resistant, highly drought-resistant, and can stand salt spray. In India, brackish or saline water is sometimes used to reduce vegetative growth and promote fruiting. Commercially grove trees receive no watering, although irrigation in dry seasons will increase productivity.

Unlike most of tropical fruit, Sapodilla seeds remain viable for several years if kept dry. They germinate readily but growth is slow and the trees take 5 to 8 years to bear. Grafted trees start fruiting right away.


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 Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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var. Silas Woods - dwarf, year round producer
Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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var. Silas Woods - dwarf, year round producer
Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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var. Silas Woods - dwarf, year round producer
Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Manilkara zapota, Manilkara achras, Achras sapota, Sapodilla, Ciku, Naseberry, Nispero, Sapote, Brown Sugar Fruit

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Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Alano was selected in Hawaii. It has a very sweet, top shaped fruit with excellent taste. Has a richer flavor than most other smooth-textured cultivars. The plant is very productive.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Gigantia, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Gigantia has the largest fruit, tastes like Oxkutzcab but creamier. The Gigantia is a selection by Gary Zill from his Costa Rica farms. As the name suggests, the fruit are very large, almost as large as a some Mamey. The tree is not
as productive as other Sapodilla varieties.

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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Hasya, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Hasya - extra large, football-shaped fruit native to Mexico where it is the number one commercial cultivar grown. The fruit is of excellent eating quality and it has a reddish hue throughout the pulp. The tree is a large upright grower, and it is a prolific producer of large fruit that typically weigh thirteen ounces. The fruit ripens from November to June.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Makok, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Makok - superior variety, the best producer. Makok is long, pointed, and one of the best tasting in the world. It is native to Thailand, and it is a recent introduction to Florida. This is an excellent variety for homeowners because the tree is a small compact grower perfect for limited spaces. The pulp is smooth and brown with a sweet aroma. It ripens from May to November.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Molix, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Molix is a football shaped fruit native to Mexico. This fruit is similar to Hasya in many ways, but it tends to be darker brown outside, less red inside, and the tree has curly leaves. The pulp is exceptionally sweet with a fine pear texture and pleasant aroma. The fruit are large typically weighing thirteen ounces. The season differs slightly from that of Hasya, beginning in February and ending in May.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Morena, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Morena is a football shaped Mexico native. This variety differs from the other Mexican cultivars ever so slightly in taste and appearance, but it tends to out produce all of them. The fruit are not quite as big as Hasya or Molix, but they are still large weighing up to twelve ounces. The fruit ripen from February to April.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Oxkutzcab, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Oxkutzcab (or Ox) - "gigantic sapodilla" - is originally from Oxkutzcab (Yucatan). Extremely large (up to 28 oz), roundish fruit with speckled, light-colored skin. Flesh is brown, with excellent taste. Heavily productive tree. Producing heavy crops from May to September.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Prolific, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Prolific, heavy producer. The Prolific has smooth pinkish-tan flesh when ripe. The fruits are round to conical and are long and broad, they tend to loose much of the furry texture on the skin when they are ripe. Trees are heavy bearers. Variety was originated as a seedling grown at the Agricultural Research and Education Center, Homestead, and released in 1941.
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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Silas Woods, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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The 'Silas Woods' is an outstanding variety of Sapodilla. The tree has dwarf growth habit (under 20 ft in the ground) and adapts well to a container. This variety is highly productive. Trees are producing year round, the branches often require support as they get very heavy loaded with fruits.
Perfect fruit tree for small yards and container culture!
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The best variety for potting culture - the most profuse producer, flowering and fruiting nearly year round providing bright light and warmth. Although the fruit are smaller than other varieties and average 4-5" size.

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Achras (manilkara) zapota - Sapodilla Tikal, Air-layered 

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What is air-layered plant

Q: What is an air-layered plant?

Air-layering is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation woody ornamentals and fruit trees, when branches, while still attached to the parent plant, start producing roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. Minimized water stress and stable nutrient levels make this method successful. Air-layering is used when grafting is not possible for a number of reasons.

Benefits of the air-layering:

  • making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
  • taking a branch from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for the air-layered plant)
  • creates larger plant much faster unlike when growing from cuttings


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Sapodilla Tikal was selected in the United States. The fruit are ovoid in shape, but are fat at one end. This variety was one of the first superior commercial varieties planted in Florida. Fruit size can vary, but they can get as large as eleven ounces. The fruit ripen from December to March.
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