The sapodilla is produced by numerous branches of trees, which can reach over 20 feet tall and produce up to 3,000 fruits per year.
This plant stem short grayish brown and is originally from Central America and Mexico, but it is found in the backyards of the north, where it is propagated by seed, and depending on the shape of its fruits may be called: sapoti (fruit ovoid) or sapota (fruit round).
The leaves of the sapodilla are alternate and dark green color.
Its flowers are isolated, small, white or pink, usually embedded in the leaf base and have six stamens fertile.
Its fruit is a berry with a thin skin, fragile and rough to the touch and yellowish-brown color. When immature has gray bark and green flesh. When ripe the flesh is meaty, juicy, yellow-cream for flavor, without acidity and involves 4 to 12 seeds of gloss black and flat shape.
The wood of the trunk can be used in carpentry and their latex for the manufacture of chewing gum.
The sapodilla is rich in sugar and the pulp can be used to make sweets and soft drinks or eaten fresh.
In folk medicine uses the peel of this fruit as a tonic and powder their seeds to fight to kidney infections.
SAPOTACEAE - Manilkara zapota
Na Amazônia, do século XIX, devido à cobiça pela borracha, Wawatu, cunhatã do clã Aruak, tem sua aldeia dizimada por brancos. Apesar de ser forçada a viajar para um local desconhecido, casar-se com guerreiro de origem Karib e sofrer com as diferenças de costumes de seus familiares, ela se apaixona.