Information about Custard Apples

Custard apples have delicious mellow flesh which is soft  almost like custard .
Custard apples have delicious mellow flesh which is soft almost like custard .

Custard apples are one of the best known species of the Cherimoya, Annona spp. They originated in the South America and the West Indies They are now planted in Asia, Australia and other tropical countries.

Custard apples are heart-shaped or oval-shaped and can weigh up to 450g. They have light tan or greenish quilted skin which develops brown patches as the fruit ripens.

The flesh is particularly mellow and custard like and one of the most exotic of the tropical fruits. The central core is also soft but has no flavour. The flesh contains a number of hard, black oval seeds which are inedible and must be separated out, making it difficult to eat elegantly.

Buying and Storing

Custard apples are fragile so here are some tips when buying:

  • They are picked before they are fully ripe, so allow 4 to 5 days for firm fruit to ripen or select mature fruit that are dull brownish green in color.
  • Choose compact fruit with unblemished skin and tightly packed corpels, once these have separated, the fruit is past its best.
  • Press gently to check that the fruit has a slight “give”.
  • Custard apples should be eaten as soon as possible after buying but can be kept in the bottom of the fridge for a day or two
  • Unripe fruit should be kept in a brown bag at room temperature until they are ready to eat.

Custard apples are eaten raw. Simply cut the fruit in half length ways and scoop the flesh straight from the shell with a spoon, discarding the inedible seeds.

The creamy smooth flesh of the custard apples makes a wonderful puree for smoothies. It can be added to mashed bananas and make into ice cream. It can also be an addition to fruit salads

Health Benefits

Custard apple is a well balanced food having protein, fibre, minerals and good source of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium also supplies phosphorous.

Custard apples are only eaten when soft and only the flesh is eaten.
Custard apples are only eaten when soft and only the flesh is eaten.

Custard apple my favorite fruit

Custard apple is one of my favorite fruit, it is widely cultivated in the Philippines and available all year round, accordingly, the Spaniards brought the custard seeds in the Philippines during the 17th century.

Custard apple tree is also a popular backyard fruit tree in the Philippines, it only grows about 10 – 20 ft high when fully matured, so even if you have a small backyard it won’t take much space and you can plant it by using the seeds.

Custard apples are usually sold in the local market, you can see them almost all year round, because the tree bears fruit almost 3 times a year, but it is at its best during summer months.

When I came here in Australia, I thought I will never be able to eat custard apples, but I was wrong, there are custard apples here, a bit different in shape and taste a bit creamier, but I have notice that it has less seeds. A bit expensive but it's worth it.

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jailecx brandon 4 years ago

how nice (^_^)

saloni 4 years ago

custard apple is one of my fav fruit ....

very delicious but seasonal...

yet its more costly in american countries as compared to asian countries.. here we have very very low costs...

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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

Custard apples are another fruit I discovered when I came to Australia - in fact, I'd never even heard of them before.

I do like them - the only annoying thing is they go over-ripe very easily, so I tend not to buy them unless I know I'm going to eat them straightaway.

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

A great hub on custard apples - I have only had them a few times in my life and now know all about them - thanks.

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MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia Author

Hi Ann,

I like to do group hubs about fruits and vegetables, it is the research that it is making a long time to finish but I am enjoying it. Thank you very much for visiting my hubs .....

Ann, yes I have read that news, I think she made a Farmers Market Companion apps. that will be a great thing to do....

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I love reading your fruititious hubs! Have you heard about the small town lady who didn't own a single Apple device and yet recently made an app for farmer market shoppers. Whenever they stumble upon some produce they are unfamiliar with they just click their app and search the fruit and get answers. Seems to me you are doing the same here on HP as well! I thought I had a rudimentary knowledge on plants but wow! Never heard of these! Thanks a bunch, Rosario!

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