Sapodilla: A Fruit You Must Try In Sri Lanka

Sapodilla is known as an energy fruit. The reason for this is due to its rich sweetness.

The fruit looks like a small potato fresh out of the ground but with a scurfy brown peel. The flesh of the fruit is light brown with black, flatten, and glossy seeds. It has the texture of a pear, gritty, and exceptionally sweet with a pleasant malty flavour.

When it reaches its ripens stage, the skin will become soft and saggy. Then cut the fruit in half, discard the seeds and enjoy eating flesh by scooping with a spoon.

In Sri Lanka, sapodilla is usually available year-round but I haven’t seen it in abundance like other fruits. If you are lucky to spot sapodilla, sample it and you won’t be disappointed. 

Did you know that CHICLE, the latex obtained from the bark sapodilla’s tree was used as the main ingredient of chewing gum?

According to MediScene, sapodilla also has a number of nutritional benefits.

Sapodilla is also a perfect anti-inflammatory agent. It has a high content of tannins, which helps in improving conditions of the digestive tract through the prevention of diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis.

The chemical compounds found in Sapodilla helps remove the phlegm and mucus from the nasal passage and the respiratory tract.

Sapodilla fruit is also packed with Vitamin E, A, and C which has amazing moisturising properties and is great for the skin. It helps reduce wrinkles and makes the skin look plumper and more radiant. The seed oil of Sapodilla can also moisture scalp and soften hair and aid in seborrheic dermatitis.

There are also healthy and delicious dishes you can try with this versatile fruit.


Sapodilla recipes you can try at home



  • 5-6 Sapodillas
  • 8 Seedless Dates
  • 2 tbsp Oats
  • Warm Water


1.) Wash and peel the Sapodillas. Remove the seeds and add it to the blender.

2.) Soak Dates and Oats in warm water for 10 minutes. Add it to the blender along with the Sapodillas.

3.) Add warm water and in the blender together with the Sapodillas.

4.) Transfer to a bowl and top it with nuts and other fruits of your choice.



  • 3 Sapodillas
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Almond Milk


1.) In grinder/juicer or mixer, take sugar and sapodillas (remove the outer cover and seeds), give it a mix.

2.) Add almond milk in the jar and mix it again.

3.) Enjoy!


If you want to know the health benefits of King Coconut, click here.

You can also find Jackfruit’s amazing health benefits here.

by | May 7, 2021


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