Makok Sapodilla is native to Thailand and is a relatively recent introduction to Florida. It’s one of the most highly regard Sapodilla varieties for it’s superb flavor. Sapodilla fruit has a delicious apple pie like flavor with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and caramel with a light, sightly gritty pear-like texture.
The dwarf Makok is quick to fruit, is easy to grow in containers, and is an excellent variety for homeowners. Our favorite way to enjoy Sapodilla fruit, other than eating it fresh from the tree, is in milkshakes. We first tried Sapodilla milkshakes in the Bahamas, where it goes by the name Dilly.
Sapoilla fruit trees are closely related to Mamey Sapote, Star Apple, and Canistel. The fruit tree is thought to have originated in the Central American rain forests, probably in Mexico and Belize. Today, its cultivation has spread all over the tropical belt and grown as a major commercial crop in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Sapodilla’s are known by many names around the world including Mispel, Zapote, Dilly, Chico, Chico sapote, Zapote chico, Zapotillo, Chicle, Sapodilla plum, and Naseberry, among countless others.
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