Chikoos are most often eaten fresh, halved with seeds removed and simply by scooping the flesh from the skin. The pulp is used to make smoothies and shakes, and in various dessert applications as well. Add scooped Chikoo flesh to fruit or green salads or mix with egg custard before baking. A sauce is made from pressing the pulp through a strainer, mixing with juice and topped with whipped cream. Fresh Chikoo must be eaten within a week.
Chikoo is used for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It is also a good source for dietary fiber. The natural tannins in the flesh of the Chikoo are antioxidants and have antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects.
Chikoo is available at Flikky African Market