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Did you know that the actual name of Custard Apple is Sugar Apple?

YES, the actual name of Custard apple is SUGAR APPLE or sweet-sop. It is the fruit of Annona squamosa, the most widely grown species of Annona and a native of tropical climate in the Americas and West IndiesSpanish traders aboard the Manila galleons docking in the Philippines brought it to Asia. In Hindi we call it ‘Sitaphal’ and in Telugu is it commonly known as ‘Sitaphallamu’.

Before going further answer this question for yourselves, how many types of sugar apples do you know?

Indian horticulturists have studied the diverse wild and cultivated sugar apples of that country and recognize ten different types.

 ‘Red’ (Annona squamosa var. Sangareddy)—red-tinted foliage and flowers, deep-pink rind, mostly non-reducing sugars, insipid, with small, blackish-pink seeds; poor quality; comes true from seed. 

‘Redspeckled’—having red spots on green rind. 

‘Crimson’—conspicuous red-toned foliage and flowers, deep-pink rind, pink flesh.

 ‘Yellow Whitestemmed’

‘Mammoth’ (A. squamosa var. mammoth)—pale yellow petals, smooth, broad, thick, round rind segments that are light russet green; fruits lopsided, pulp soft, white, very sweet; comes true from seed. 

‘Balangar’—large, with green rind having rough, warty, fairly thick rind segments with creamy margins; sweet; high yielding. 

‘Kakarlapahad’—very high yielding.

 ‘Washington’—acute tuberculate rind segments, orange-yellow margins; high yielding; late in season, 20 days after others. 

‘Barbados’ and ‘British Guiana’—having green rind, orange-yellow margins; high-yielding; late.

8 Mind-Blowing benefits of Sugar Apple

  1. Dermatological Benefits
    Sugar apple is a rich source of essential nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B and antioxidants which are vital for maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin. Regular intake of sugar apple is equally effective towards delaying ageing, preventing sunburn and promoting the rejuvenation of the skin cells.
  2. Prevents Asthma
    Sweetsop is an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants thus helps to minimize the risk of asthma attacks. Individuals suffering from asthma are highly recommended to include more sweetsops in their diets.
  3. Regulates Sugar Level
    Sugar apple contains high amount of dietary fiber which have be found effective in minimizing the onset of type-2 diabetes.  The fruit also reduces the absorption of sugar in the body.
  4. Promotes Healthy Bones
    Sugar apple contains a high amount of calcium and magnesium which are essential for promoting healthy bones, maintaining strong bones as well as increasing the bone density.
  5. Treatment of Toothache
    Sweetsop rinds have been proven effective against toothache. Grind the rinds, mix with water and then apply on the affected tooth to ease.
  6. Ideal for Menstruating Women
    Sweetsop leaves can be decocted and taken by menstruating women to boost blood flow. The essential minerals and nutrients such as iron, copper etc. present in the fruit are equally essential for menstruating women in order to replenish lost minerals and nutrients to their bodies.
  7. Other Uses of Sweetsop
    Squeezed sugar apple leaves can be inhaled to prevent dizziness and whirling sensations. A decoction of sweetsop leaves can be used for relieving rheumatic pains.
  8. Healthy Weight Gain

Sweetsop is such a fruit that is packed with healthy calories and it’s sugary content helps to boost the body’s metabolic process thereby increasing one’s appetite. In a nutshell, individuals aiming to add healthy weight can eat more sweetsop.

Some ways to enjoy Jeevamrut’s Organic Sugar Apples

  1. Segment & Serve
  2. Make a Shake
  3. Sugar Apple Smoothie
  4. Sitaphal Ice cream

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