Have you ever tried sugar apple, or sweetsop before? The fruit name makes it sound so sugary, I know, and it also makes your life sweeter for how good it is to eat this Asian fruit. I’m sure that you would not only like its flavor but also its incredible benefits for your body.
Good morning my dear readers!
If you follow my blog, you may get to know several amazing facts from many Asian fruits, such as pomelo, lychee, and the most recent one, soursop. Today, I would take you to the not-sour-at-all kind of fruits. It is called sugar apple or custard apple.
Let’s see how it specifically looks and tastes like and also what your body will gain from eating sugar apple fruit. These are some new amazing facts from one of the "sweetest" Asian fruits
1. Where does it come from?
Sugar apple has many different names varying in Asian countries. For instance, it is called as atis fruit, or custard apple in Philippines. It is also being as one of the most well-known Filipino fruit.Or it is called grenadilla by Hispanic Americans for its grenade-like shape.However, surprisingly, it did not originate particularly in any part of Asia when I made a research on this fruit. The sugar apple is first seen in the center of America, specifically West Indies. Later in time, it was introduced to Philippines by Spanish colonies and has been widely grown and consumed by tropical regions around the world including China, Vietnam, Australia, and so on.
2. From root to leaf...
This Asian fruit tree is a half-evergreen and small woody plant with size from 10ft (3m) up to approximately 20ft (6m) high. Basically, it will grow well under the area of many tropical countries, as it prefers its hot and relatively dry temperature. Also, you can grow it easily from seeds or branches into various types of planting soil with the best growing season in summer.
It’s time for some clear pictures of how sugar apple fruit generally looks like. As I mentioned above, the atis fruit is shaped quite like a combination of a pinecone and a little hand grenade with countless seeds inside! The skin outside is slightly rough with light to dark green in color depending on how ripe it is. When ripe, the fruit flesh tastes astoundingly like custard when it is pleasantly sweet and tender with milky white color. What’s more fascinating is how other parts of this tropical fruit tree is also extremely nutritious to our bodies. Its roots can treat depression, its leaves and seeds can cure head lice, and so on. I will talk in more details about this in my other article.
3. Nutrition: Yay or Nay?
As seen in the chart above, in each 100gr or 3.2oz serving, the sugar apple tree contains a great amount of vitamin B-6 and vitamin C, dietary fiber, carbonhydrates and other nutritional substances. However, you should also notice that it is high in calories up to 95, so it cannot be a good companion for any weight control program. But in general, it is still a significantly healthy food or snack.
4. Eating sweetsop is awesome, just be careful when...
The seeds get into the eyes when you apply its paste into your head sculp. Always be careful when dealing with the poisonous seeds. One more thing, because it is high in calories, you shouldn’t eat lots of it per day because you will get freaked out by how hard it is to balance out your weight control. Other than that, enjoy your flavory sweetsop!
Just like other Asian fruits that I have introduced, there are a lot of nutritious values; however, over-eating it will never be a smart idea at all! Have it properly and you will be as healthy as you want.
Curious about other Asian fruits, don’t miss my other articles in my blog
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