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Sugar Apple - Sweetsop

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Country of Origin: Brazil 🇧🇷
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Introduction

The sugar apple (Annona squamosa), is the most widely grown species of Annona and a native of tropical climate in the Americas and West Indies. The fruit has a thick scaly rind with a creamy, sweet pulp which comes apart in segments each containing a shiny black seed. 

History

Sugar apple is believed to be native to tropical South America but other sources suggest that it is native to Central America. Ancient Indian sculptures depict what appear to be sugar apples, making some believe the tree was indigenous there. European colonists introduced the fruit in India and Philippines and during the 17th century it was introduced in tropical Africa, Australia, China, and Egypt.

Regions

The fruit is cultured in many regions around the globe but it mostly prefers tropical climates. It is produced in large amounts in Mexico, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Florida, India, Middle East, Thailand, and in Malaysia.   

Flavours & Texture

Its flesh is very fragrant and sweet and resembles the taste of custard. It has a soft, juicy and custard-like texture.

Preparation

Sugar apple is usually eaten fresh out of hand, the outer skin and seeds are not edible. When ripe, dark blemishes will start to appear on the outer nooks and the fruit will be soft to touch. You can slice it open and suck the creamy flesh off the seeds. You and also add the flesh to a fruit salad, make juice or smoothies. Additionally, you can use it to make extra creamy and nutritious ice cream. 

Nutritional Value

Sugar apple is low in calories, low in fat and it is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins.

Calories per 100 g

94 kcal

Fat

0.3 g

Carbohydrates

23.6 g

Fiber

4.4 g

Protein

2.1 g

Vitamin C

61 % of the RDI

Vitamin B6

10 % of the RDI

Riboflavin

7 % of the RDI