Seasons/Availability In India, the tree is cultivated mainly for its fruits. India is one of the largest producers of the Chikoo fruit, whereas the trees are grown in. Manilkara zapota, commonly known as the sapodilla is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to usually take anywhere from five to eight years to bear fruit. The sapodilla trees yield fruit twice a year, though flowering may continue year round.Description · Other names · Synonyms. Despite sapota's relatively late arrival to India, the fruit has since flourished. Sapota season occurs twice in a year: from January to February.