Custard Apple


April 18, 2017 at 9:55 am | Horticulture Plant | No comment

Custard Apple is a sweet fruit, which is widely grown across the world. The custard apple is believed to be a native of the West Indies but it was carried in early times through Central America to southern Mexico. It has long been cultivated and naturalized as far south as Peru and Brazil. It is commonly grown in the Bahamas and occasionally in Bermuda and southern Florida. In India the tree is cultivated, especially around Calcutta, and runs wild in many areas. The fruit is compound in nature, measuring 3 1/4 to 6 1/2 inches (8-16 cm) in diameter. The shape of the fruit may be symmetrically heart-shaped, lopsided, or irregular. It may be nearly round or oblate, with a deep or shallow depression at the base. The skin or covering of custard apple is thin but tough, which is usually yellow or brownish when ripe. Beneath the thin covering, a thick, cream-white layer of custard like, granular, flesh is present, which surrounds seeds. The flavor of the fruit is sweet and agreeable.

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Soil

The custard apple does best in low-lying, deep, rich soil with ample moisture and good drainage.

Climate

It prefers Rainy Season and winter.

Scientific Name

Annona Reticulata

Variety

BALANAGAR

Weight

400 gm. to 800 gm.

Harvesting

The custard apple has the advantage of cropping in late winter and spring when the preferred members of the genus are not in season. It is picked when it has lost all green color and ripens without splitting so that it is readily sold in local markets. If picked green, it will not color well and will be of inferior quality.

Plant age Limit

18 to 20 years.