Product description

Botanical Name: Annona reticulata

Type of Plant: Evergreen tree

Part of the Plant used: Fruit, seeds, leaves

Description: Custard apple, scientifically known as Annona reticulata, is a tropical fruit tree native to the Americas and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Also known as sugar-apple or sweetsop, custard apple produces round to heart-shaped fruits with a knobby, greenish-yellow skin and creamy, sweet flesh containing numerous seeds. The flesh of the custard apple is soft and custard-like, with a unique flavor reminiscent of a blend of banana, pineapple, and vanilla. Custard apple fruits are enjoyed fresh as a dessert fruit, blended into smoothies, or used to make juices, ice creams, and desserts.


  • Culinary Uses: Custard apple fruits are used in various culinary preparations to add sweetness and flavor. They can be consumed fresh, scooped out with a spoon and eaten as a dessert fruit, or blended into smoothies and milkshakes for a creamy, tropical flavor. Custard apple pulp can also be strained and used to make juices, syrups, jams, jellies, and ice creams. In some cuisines, custard apple is used as a natural sweetener and flavoring agent in desserts, pastries, and baked goods.
  • Nutritional Value: Custard apples are rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, making them a nutritious addition to the diet. They are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium, as well as providing moderate amounts of vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Custard apples are low in calories and contain no cholesterol, making them a healthy choice for people looking to maintain or lose weight. Consuming custard apples may support immune function, heart health, and digestive health.
  • Health Benefits: Custard apples offer numerous health benefits due to their unique nutritional profile and bioactive compounds. They contain antioxidants, such as vitamin C and polyphenols, which help neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress in the body. Custard apples also contain dietary fiber, which promotes digestive health and regulates bowel movements. The potassium in custard apples helps maintain fluid balance, electrolyte levels, and blood pressure, reducing the risk of hypertension and stroke.


Growing Conditions:

  • Sunlight: Custard apple trees thrive in full sunlight but can tolerate partial shade, especially in hot climates. Ensure they receive adequate sunlight for optimal growth and fruit production.
  • Soil: Well-draining, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5 is ideal for custard apple cultivation. Sandy loam or loamy soil enriched with organic matter promotes healthy root development and vigorous growth. Custard apples are sensitive to waterlogging and prefer soil that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the growing season, especially during flowering and fruiting stages. Custard apple trees have moderate water requirements and may suffer from stress if soil moisture is inadequate. Water regularly, especially during dry periods, and mulch around the base of the tree to retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.
  • Climate: Custard apples thrive in warm, tropical climates with temperatures between 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). They require high humidity and rainfall for optimal growth and fruit production. Custard apples are commonly grown as perennials in regions with a long growing season and as annuals in cooler climates.

Harvesting and Storage of Custard Apple:

  • Harvest custard apples when they reach full maturity and ripeness, typically within 3 to 5 months after flowering. Ripe custard apples can be identified by their slightly soft texture, fragrant aroma, and yellowish-green to brownish skin. Use pruning shears or scissors to cut the fruits from the tree, leaving a short stem attached.
  • Once harvested, custard apples can be stored at room temperature for several days to ripen further. To slow down the ripening process, store custard apples in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid refrigerating unripe custard apples, as this can affect their flavor and texture.
  • Ripe custard apples can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week to extend their shelf life. Store ripe custard apples in a perforated plastic bag or airtight container to prevent them from absorbing odors and moisture. Use ripe custard apples promptly in cooking, baking, or as a dessert fruit to enjoy their flavor and nutritional benefits.

Custard Apple

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