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Chico Loco

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Jan 07, 2014
Chico Loco

When was the last time you had chico? Did you know that this fruit is also called "sapote" or "sapodilla" and is defined as a tropical fruit with a rough brownish skin and very sweet brownish pulp and was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonization?

Interesting, right?

The sight of a huge tree laden with chicos in front of my new place had me googling its nutritional benefits. Here it is, then: its calorie-rich pulp composed of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose replenishes energy and instantly revitalizes the body. It's also a vital source of vitamins, minerals and the anti-oxidant tannins.

Lucky me that the new neighbor was generous and gave me some chichos. He just made me wait for three days before eating it. He said the added wait would make the fruit sweeter. True enough, they ended up yummier!

So the next time you eat chico, you already know what nutrients you’re getting!

How To Get Them:

Chico can be bought virtually anywhere in the Philippines. Davao City, a place abundant with fruits, is dotted with chico trees. It also has its Chicco di Caffe, a resto popular with locals -- though that's a different chico/chicco right there!

Davao City can be reached by plane, boat and bus from Manila and Cebu City.

PAL flies daily to Davao City and would take an hour and forty minutes from Manila

By bus and by boat, it is going to take 3 days and 3 nights.

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