Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Annona squamosa - the sugar apple

The first time I saw a sugar apple fruit (it may have been custard apples), were during a trip for work to India in 1995. It looked disgusting to me and I wouldn't even try it - it was one of the fruits the hotel staff had left in my room.

Now, 15 years later, I am growing this amazing small tree in my own garden and relish each and every fruit.

The tree is rather straggly, not ugly, not pretty. It struggled to get going at first and seemed to suffer from some nutritional deficiency all the time - yellowing leaves etc. I just frequently fertilized with a fertilizer containing Molybdenum and other trace elements.

My efforts paid off, this year its been producing large perfectly formed sugar apples in profusion.

The ripe fruits are soft and easily open up, use a spoon to scoop out the many seeds and custardy pulp, scrape every last bit off the inside skin ! Then remove the flesh around each seed and spit out the many seeds.

Scoop out the seeds with the pulp


  1. Oooh, I have never seen this fruit before. It's fascinating! What does it taste like?

  2. It is hard to describe, the pulp around the seeds is kind of like a litchi (much smaller), but the pulp on the skin is what is really great, a little gritty kind of like pear, but sweet, perfumy, decadent, very hard to describe.