Another summer fruit we enjoyed this week was the sweetsop.
The sweetsop (Annona squamosa), which is popularly known as Sugar Apple, is also called ata or anon; and because it belongs to the custard apple family (Annonaceae), some persons call it Custard Apple.The sweetsop fruit is spherical through conical . . . nearly round, or ovoid; 6 – 10 cm (2⅓ – 4 inches) long. Its thick rind composed of knobby segments, with colours: pale-green, gray-green, bluish-green, or, in certain varieties, dull, deep-pink. Mature fruits that are hard to the touch can be wrapped in newspaper until soft and ripen. To eat the ripen sweetsop fruit, simply break it apart with your hands. The insides reveal a mass of conically segmented, creamy-white, glistening, delightfully fragrant, juicy, sweet, delicious flesh. The sweetsop fruit contains a sweet custard-like pulp. The flesh is fragrant and sweet, creamy white through light yellow, and resembles and tastes like custard.Many of the segments of the sweetsop (which contain seeds) are arranged around a conical core. The flesh is soft, slightly grainy, and slippery. The hard, shiny seeds may number 20 – 40 or more, per fruit and have a brown to black coat. Some trees, however, bear seedless fruits. Please Note: The seeds of the sweetsop are poisonous if ingested. The Sweetsop is an excellent source of easily absorb-able iron, vitamin C, and manganese. The fruit is also a good source of thiamine and vitamin B6, and provides vitamind B2, B3, B5, B9, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium in fair quantities.
This fruit also contains significant amounts of dietary fibre. The sweetsop is also high in energy, and research has found that the fruit possesses antioxidant properties. I also read that when the sweetsop fruit is unripe, the fleshy part of the fruit may be crushed and made into a poultice to help soothe burns and wounds and to alleviate the discomforts brought about by bites from most poisonous insects.
When ripe, it may be pureed and employed as a hair and facial mask due to its moisturizing and antibacterial properties. The crushed ripe fruit, mixed with salt, may also be applied on tumors.
You may visit this link http://www.herbs-info.com/sweetsop.html to read more about the sweetsop (sugar apple).
Also view final photos of the sweetsop below: