Manilkara zapota, or Chiku leaves, are highly decorative leaves, medium green and glossy in appearance. Decoction of yellowed leaves are taken as a tonic, and considered traditional remedies for for coughs, cold and diarrhoea. Combined with chayote leaves in a sweetened decoction, Chiku leaves can be taken daily to lower blood pressure.

Paste from the seeds can be applied on wounds from venomous animals. The latex is used in the tropics as a crude filling for tooth cavities. While efforts have been made to extract chicle from leaves and unripe fruit, the yield is insufficient and an estimate of about 3,200 leaves would be needed to produce one pound (0.4535 kg) of gum.

last update by M 12/7/2012

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