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The heady sweet aroma of sapota is unmistakable, with its fleshy brown skin and grainy sweetness in the inside. It’s quite easy to either love the sapota or hate it. But taking the middle path, we’re not quite sure.
We have something to thank the Spanish for. Had it not been for them, the chickoo, chikoo or sapota would have perhaps never come to India. With its roots in Mexico, Easter Guatemala and Belize (on the eastern coast of central America), the Colonisers took it to the Philippines from where it travelled to the rest of Asia, making its way into India only in the late nineteenth century.
Juicy, sweet mandarins are a favorite snack for many children. This fruit can be eaten raw, incorporated into desserts or made into a sauce and drizzled over seafood. Mandarins are rich in vitamin C and contain vitamin A. They also contain dietary fibre and nutrients and minerals such as potassium and manganese. In Victoria, mandarins are at their peak between May and August.