Custard Apple

Custard Apple (Annona squamosa) is also known as sugar-apple, sweetsop, and is popular across India as sitaphal /Seetha Palam/sharifa (Annona reticulate). It is native to South America, West Indies and parts of Asia. Custard Apple bears a hard, pale green exterior with jagged projections and is soft and creamy inside. The fruit has white flesh and is dotted with large seeds that are not edible as they are slightly poisonous.

Apart from being consumed as a delicious fruit, Custard Apple can also be used to prepare shakes, smoothies, deserts and ice cream and nutritious snacks. The fruit offers excellent health benefits as it is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, niacin, potassium and anti-oxidants like vitamin C.

Health Benefits of Custard Apple:

  • High on Vitamin A: Promotes healthy skin and hair, eyesight, helps combat tooth decay
  • Rich in Vitamin B6, Potassium and Magnesium: Helps reduce bronchial inflammation, prevents asthmatic attacks, helps minimize risk of heart diseases, helps keep blood pressure levels in check
  • Rich in Copper, Niacin and Dietary Fibre: Assists in digestion, helps ease bowel movement, reduces risk of type-2 diabetes, helps lower cholesterol levels effectively
  • Rich Iron Source: Useful in treating anaemia
  • Pregnancy Wonder: Helps in healthy development of foetus, excellent for production of breast milk