Sapodilla 'Alano' (Manilkara zapota)
The Alana Sapodilla is an oval-shaped fruit native to Thailand and is arguably the finest Sapodilla variety in the world. Fruit is super sweet and the texture is that of an ultra fine pear. The trees are regular heavy producers of medium-sized fruit typically weighing about nine ounces. In addition to the fruit's superior quality, the tree tends to be less brittle and have a much smaller habit than other cultivars. The fruit ripens from November to June.
Sapodilla fruit trees are really adaptable in terms of soil conditions and will thrive in many types of soil, from poor loose sandy soil to deep, rich organic soil, as well as light clay, or gravel. Regardless of soil type, fostering good drainage is for your Sapodilla tree is essential. Sapodilla's don't like wet feet! Sapodilla's prefer warm locales but are also slightly frost tolerant, highly wind tolerant and can take salt spray.
Sapoilla's are related to Mamey Sapote, Star Apple, and Canistel. Sapodilla's are known by many names around the world including Mispel, Zapote, Dilly, Chico, Chico sapote, Zapote chico, Zapotillo, Chicle, Sapodilla plum, and Naseberry, among countless others.