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Custard Apple Nutritional Facts And Health Benefits Of Custard ApplesCustard apples, also known as chermoyas, are native to the West Indies and South America. The custard apple also grows on the slopes of the Andes and in several parts of Asia. The custard apple fruit is generally priced at the higher side because of the difficulty in transporting these (custard apples are soft and fleshy, with hard exteriors). This fruit with a sugary, grainy taste is rich in iron, niacin and calcium, and is also rich in calories.
So, what is a custard apple? It isn’t an apple and neither is it a dessert.
Custard apples, with its high calories, natural sugars and delicious taste, are good as a dessert and as a nutritious snack. Custard apples can be made into shakes or smoothies, or even into natural ice creams. It is good for those who have hyper thyroidism or want to gain weight – a mixture of honey and custard apple is supposed to help people add on those much-needed calories. Let’s looks at some other custard apple nutritional facts.
Custard Apple Health Benefits
The custard apple fruit is taken but naturally from the custard apple tree. This tree is not very attractive to look at. It stands erect with a rounded or spreading crown. The trunk is about 10-14 inches thick. These custard apple trees grow from 4.5-10 meters long. The deciduous leaves of this tree can be either oblong, alternate or narrow lanceolate. These leaves do not have a pleasant smell but are wide with conspicuous veins. This tree is often made up of long drooping branches that can touch the ground. These trees have many light yellow trumpet shaped flowers that emit a sweet fragrance in the evening. Only a small number of these flowers will set fruit. This tree belongs to the Annonaceae family of trees. The custard apple fruit from this tree is rich in taste and can be used in various ways. Some people like it as dessert in the form of ice cream or a tart.
Custard apple fruit:
The custard apple fruit is a sweet fruit that has many benefits. Some of these benefits are:-
1. It is low in calorie content and therefore good for maintaining optimum health.
This fruit is also known as Cherimoya in the USA. They are considered an exotic fruit in the USA and are in high demand there.
Apple fruit benefits
There are many benefits of the green apple fruit and in particular for the skin. Some of these are given below:-
Green apples are a good source of dietary fiber. This dietary fiber helps to regulate bowel movements and improves digestion as well. This also reduces the risk of colon cancer. Green apples are also a rich source of Vitamins A, B,C. These vitamins are known to have whitening and nourishing effects on the skin. Such apples also help to prevent diarrhea and constipation as they contain malic and tartaric acids. Green apples are also good for strong bones and teeth. These help with vision as well.
These apples contain tannin which helps with digestive conditions like diarrhea. Mixing the juice of the leaves with milk and sugar is very beneficial. Wood apples also contain carotene which is excellent for good vision.
You might be wondering how to eat the delicious custard apple fruit? Keep in mind that custard apples should only be eaten when soft. Only the flesh of the custard apple is eaten, not the skin, like with other fruits. Most ripe custard apples give off a lovely sweet aroma. You can check for ripeness by squeezing it gently. If it gives way slightly under your hand, it is ready to eat. This fruit is usually broken open into half and the fleshy bits are enjoyed. Eating custard apple can be a little tiresome because of the many seeds one has to keep spitting out. A custard apple is never cooked and can be eaten in several different ways. Store custard apples at room temperature until you want to eat them or in the fridge for a few days, if they are already ripe.
Apple custard pie or apple custard cakes are delicious ways to end a meal with the family. Follow the recipe given below for pie.
Take 1-1 ½ cups all purpose flour, ½ cup cold butter, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 cups of peeled and sliced apples (about 4 apples should do), 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/3 cup sugar. For the custard you need 1 egg, ½ cup sugar and 1 cup evaporated milk. Combine flour, salt and butter till crumbly. Press this into a pie plate and put apples over the crust. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Bake this at 375° for 20 minutes. Whisk all the ingredients for the custard and pour over the apples. Bake till smooth.
There are several apple custard cake recipes that are easy to make as well. These can be found online or in recipe books.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|