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GlobePreneurs Love: Custard Apples

Custard apples, also known as chermoyas and atis, and are native to South America, West Indies and some parts of Asia. The flesh is white in color and has a creamy texture. The pulp coats black shiny seeds that are not consumed. Custard apple, with its high calories and natural sugars, are great as a dessert and as a nutritious snack.

The fruit can be consumed just by itself or as shakes, smoothies, deserts, parfaits, crumbles and ice cream. Moreover, this tasty fruit is an excellent alternative to dairy products, making it perfect for those who are allergic to dairy products.


Custard Apple Nutritional Value

Custard apples are rich in anti-oxidants such as vitamin C, which helps get rid of free radicals from the body. The fruit is also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin B6. It contains 35 grams of Vitamin V, amounting to 40% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. It also contains minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper, and dietary fiber.

Benefits Of Custard Apple

There are many health benefits of custard apples. They help with:

1. Healthy Skin and Hair:

With high-levels of vitamin A, custard apples are great for healthy skin, healthy hair and better eyesight. It plays a role in moisturizing and anti-aging. The creamy flesh or pulp can be used as a balm to treat boils and ulcers. The outer skin of custard apple is helpful in combating against tooth decay and gum pain (1).

2. Healthy Weight:

Custard apples are good for those who need to gain weight. A mixture of honey and custard apple when consumed regularly will help add on the required weight and those much required calories. All in the healthy way (2)

3. Pregnancy:

Custard apples essentially help develop the brain, nervous system and immune system of a fetus. Regular consumption of custard apples also reduces the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy and minimizes the extent of labor pain during childbirth. The pregnancy-friendly fruit also helps the expectant mother to cope with morning sickness, nausea, numbness and mood swings. Regular consumption during pregnancy is excellent for production of breast milk. It also supports healthy weight gain and lowers the risk of constipation during pregnancy.

4. Prevents Asthma:

Custard apple is rich in vitamin B6, which help reduce the bronchial inflammation and help prevent asthmatic attacks.

5. Prevents Heart Attacks:

The magnesium content in custard apples helps defend the heart from cardiac attack and can help relax the muscles. Moreover, vitamin B6 in custard apples help prevent homocystein collection which also minimize the risk of heart diseases.

6. Aids Digestion:

Custard apple is rich in copper and dietary fibre, which helps assist digestion, help ease bowel movement and relives from constipation. Sun dried custard apple pulp can be crushed into powder and consumption of the powder with water will help heal diarrhea.

7. Diabetes:

Having custard apple for diabetes is considered very effective. The abundance of dietary fiber in custard apple helps slow down the absorption of sugar and reduces the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

8. Blood Pressure:

Custard apples are good sources of potassium and magnesium which help keep the blood pressure levels in control. For those with fluctuating blood pressure levels, it has been suggested that a custard apple a day will help keep them in control.

9. Reduces Cholesterol:

Custard apples contain high levels of niacin and dietary fiber, which help lower cholesterol levels effectively.

10. Anemia:

Custard apples serve as a stimulant, coolant, expectorant and haematnic. This rich iron source is also useful in treating anemia.

Other Benefits Of Custard Apple:

  • A decoction made of custard apple leaves promote healthy blood flow during menstruation.
  • The decoction can also be used to relieve dysentery, cold and fever.
  • The juice of unripe custard apple is useful for treating insect bites.
  • A paste made of custard apple leaves applied is said to the wound helps in healing.
  • A decoction of custard apple leaves in your bath water helps to alleviate rheumatic pains.

Side Effects Of Custard Apples:

  • It may be a good idea to consume custard apples in moderation (if consumed in excess amounts as it can make one sick).
  • The seeds of custard apple fruit are poisonous. Do not consume it.
  • Since these fleshy, creamy fruits are rich in sugar, diabetes patients are advised to not consume custard apple in high amounts.

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  1. July 24, 2017    

    I have honestly never heard of this fruit, thank you for sharing! I don’t believe I can get it where I am- I will look into the world market and try out some of your tips and tricks!

  2. July 24, 2017    

    I must admit, I have never heard of custard apples before but I am so intrigued after reading this. I’m going to see if I can find some here in South Africa. They look fascinating

  3. July 24, 2017    

    Yummy recipes. The good news is that I am sure my little one is going to like these. I will definitely give them a try. Custard apple is my favorite

  4. Jessica Bradshaw Jessica Bradshaw
    July 24, 2017    

    I have honestly never heard of these before. Wow! They are so interesting looking, really quite beautiful. Thanks for introducing me to it.

  5. robin rue robin rue
    July 24, 2017    

    I have never heard of a custard apple before, but I am on a mission to try one now! They sound delicious! Off to go track one down!

  6. July 24, 2017    

    YUM! I’ve never heard of custard apples, but now I really want to try one!

    – Danielle |

  7. July 24, 2017    

    Delicious! It’s very common in my country, Costa Rica, we make it as juice, very sweet and refreshing!

  8. July 24, 2017    

    I have never heard of a custard apple before, but the name alone makes me want to try them. They sound really tasty!

  9. July 24, 2017    

    Oh wow I´ve never heard about that fruit!! It has so many benefits! Just amazing

  10. July 24, 2017    

    Wow, this fruit seems awesome! I have not seen it in the store, but if I do I will definitely try it out 🙂


  11. July 24, 2017    

    I didn’t know there are these many ways to eat custard apples. I always just eat it by itself. Thanks for sharing these recipes.

  12. July 24, 2017    

    Do you know I don’t think I have ever heard of this fruit before, I am totally going to have to give it a whirl though now. Thank you.

  13. July 24, 2017    

    I’m going to start studying food development and innovation this year (UK) and this is great for me to build my knowledge so thank you 🙂

  14. July 24, 2017    

    I’m going to start studying food development and innovation this year (UK) and this is great for me to build my knowledge with so thank you 🙂

  15. July 24, 2017    

    oh I love custard apple! Reminds me of my childhood days in India 🙂 x

  16. July 24, 2017    

    This is a new fruit I haven’t heard anything about until now. Really healthy for a person after reading all about this fruit. Will have to see if I can find some in the store.

  17. July 24, 2017    

    I love custard apples. But I must admit I didn’t think of the many ways one can eat it or more importantly of the benefits it offers. Great post.

  18. July 24, 2017    

    So many benefits! I do wonder what it tastes like! Wish I could find them around here I would check it out for myself.

  19. July 24, 2017    

    I’ve never had a custard apple but I have been curious about it – will have to give it a try now! Your post has definitely intrigued me more!

  20. July 24, 2017    

    Okay, how have I never heard of custard apples before???! They sound delicious, and I love all the health benefits they have. Definitely checking these out and hope I like them enough to turn them into a satisfying snack.

  21. July 24, 2017    

    Guyabano! We used to have it in our backyard and we love it!

  22. Benita Benita
    July 24, 2017    

    I don’t remember ever seeing this fruit in the grocery store, maybe I can find it other markets. It has a lot of good benefits except for weight gain.

  23. July 24, 2017    

    I don’t think I have ever had one of these, but they do look good. It would be fun to try one and get creative using one in a recipe. Nice to know there are so many benefits of eating these as well.

  24. July 24, 2017    

    Hmmm, this looks like a fruit we have in the Philippines but I forgot the name….It’s something my mom used to make me eat but I hated the texture of it. So interesting that it’s called a custard apple at some other part of the world.

  25. July 24, 2017    

    I love custard apples. We have a quite young tree in my backyard, but its was bearing a few fruits already.

  26. July 24, 2017    

    This is such a unique fruit with such amazing benefits! Cannot believe I have never heard of it before. Shall try to find it at the local market soon.

  27. July 24, 2017    

    Atis is also common here in our country, Philippines. When I was a kid, we used to just find in anywhere because there are a lot of trees in the environment where I grew up. I just didn’t know the benefits it could give. So, thanks a lot for the info!

  28. Shell Shell
    July 24, 2017    

    I never heard of this fruit before but I’m intrigued to try it!

  29. July 24, 2017    

    I have never heard of this before and such great health effects. Thank you for sharing!

  30. July 24, 2017    

    I’ve seen these but didn’t know what they were. Thanks for the educational post.

  31. July 24, 2017    

    I have never tried custard apples before nor have I heard of them. I look forward to trying these out very soon. Thanks!

  32. July 24, 2017    

    I love custard apples. They are delicious though cumbersome to eat. Nice post.

  33. July 24, 2017    

    I am from Mexico and in my country this fruits is called guanabana. Love tropical fruits so tasty and good options to experiment and try fresh. We make ice cream with them absolutely delicious.

  34. Ruth I. Ruth I.
    July 25, 2017    

    We have a custard apple tree! It bears plenty of fruits and many people enjoy it. I didn’t know about the health benefits though, I would eat as many as I could to treat my anemia from now on.

  35. July 25, 2017    

    Custard apple???… Never heard of it… But I’d so love to try it

  36. Jess C Jess C
    July 25, 2017    

    Who would have thought that one fruit had so many benefits! Let alone the fact that it’s totally delicious! 🙂

  37. Ronnie Ronnie
    July 25, 2017    

    We loooove chirimoyas at home! It’s one of our go-to fruits when they are in season. So happy to see the love for them spread!

  38. July 25, 2017    

    My mom is from the West Indes, and I do not remember her bringing this fruit home (she may have or maybe she was not able to find it where we shopped for food). It looks as though it is a wonder fruit. The benefits are amazing, and the different ways to serve it are awesome!

  39. kelly reci kelly reci
    July 25, 2017    

    Atis is the Philippine name for Sweet Sop and Sugar Apple. Atis is a relative to custard apple and belongs to the Annona family. Atis is native to Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. Atis was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish times.

  40. July 25, 2017    

    One of my favorite fruits! We call these ‘atis’ here in the Philippines. 🙂

  41. July 25, 2017    

    These apples look so fun and exotic. This would be such a festive dessert for a party or special occasion. I would love to try this recipe.

  42. Sue Tanya McHorgh Sue Tanya McHorgh
    July 25, 2017    

    I’ve never tried custard apples before but i have heard they’re really tasty. Very nice post

  43. July 25, 2017    

    I didn’t know there were so many benefits to a specific kind of apple. This is fantastic!

  44. July 25, 2017    

    This is such a beautiful fruit! I would not even know how to use it.

  45. July 25, 2017    

    I have never heard of custard apples – what a great post for information. I’m trying to lose weight, so I wonder if these would even be advisable…

  46. shuang shuang
    July 25, 2017    

    I’ve always thought that custard apples are weird. But now that after reading your post, i might give it a crack!

  47. July 25, 2017    

    Oh I’ve never tried this fruit before. It reminds me of Soursop. Who knew it had so many benefits and uses. I’ll have to try it when I go to the Asian supermarket.

  48. July 25, 2017    

    You’ve been sharing some of the most interesting fruits lately! Custard apples are another one I haven’t heard of before. How interesting that they help with anemia and that their seeds are poisonous! I’d really love to give them a try one day. x

  49. July 25, 2017    

    I’ve never heard of custard apples before. They sound like a great addition to anyone’s diet based on all the health benefits. I need to keep an eye out for these around me.

  50. Kathy Kathy
    July 25, 2017    

    I have never tried this before. It does sound amazing. I will have to get these ingredients so that I can give it a try.

  51. July 25, 2017    

    I have never tried this before, but it looks amazing and now I’ll have to have a taste! thanks for introducing this to me, I’ll get right on it ; )

  52. July 25, 2017    

    Had never heard of this either! I’m concerned about the warning not to eat too much or it’ll make you sick – how much is too much?

  53. Rebecca Swenor Rebecca Swenor
    July 25, 2017    

    I have never heard of custard apples before. They sound amazing as well as very healthy for you. They help with a lot of things like skin and hair etc, that I didn’t know. I am going to have to see if I can get some of these for sure. Thanks for sharing the information.

  54. July 25, 2017    

    I had never heard of the fruit before! It’s great how you can do so many things with it! I don’t know if i’ll be able to find any custard apples in my local store though ahah

  55. Sharon Chanyau Sharon Chanyau
    July 25, 2017    

    This is my first time to hear about this unique fruit. I have fallen in love with it considering it has many health benefits. Hopefully i get to eat one in my lifetime

  56. July 25, 2017    

    I’ve had custard apples a couple of times – I think it was Vietnam and Jamaica. They weren’t my favorite, but they weren’t bad either. I just tried the fruit itself … I’d like to try the smoothies – that sounds great.

  57. July 25, 2017    

    I haven’t seen this type of apple in grocery stores. It is probably something that I would have to check at a whole foods market to get. I am curious now about how it tastes.

  58. July 25, 2017    

    What, a custard apple? I would so try this. It sounds really tasty.

  59. July 25, 2017    

    Great post! Never heard of them. What a magnificent planet we live on! Can’t wait to see if I can find some in my area!

  60. July 25, 2017    

    These are great recipes thank you for sharing this!

  61. Jillian Spellman Jillian Spellman
    July 25, 2017    

    I have never heard of a custard apple. They do sounds delish though, so i will seek them out next time I am shopping.

  62. July 25, 2017    

    Wow. You truly do learn something new everyday. My children and I love trying new things. Can’t wait to try this one day!

  63. July 25, 2017    

    Custard apples were called Atis here in the Philippines I love this and this is one of my favorite fruit but I think this is only seasonal I love the good taste of it and so healthy.

  64. July 25, 2017    

    I have never heard about this fruit before. I also didn`t know that it has so many benefits as well. Fantastic!!

  65. Monique Monique
    July 25, 2017    

    Wow I’ve never heard of this fruit but would love to try it!

  66. July 25, 2017    

    I’ve never heard of custard apples before. They are quite fascinating, now I’m all obsessed with learning as much as I can.

  67. July 25, 2017    

    I’ve never heard of custard apples before but they sound amazing! Maybe one day I’ll get to try one.

  68. Nida Nida
    July 25, 2017    

    It’s yummy !! but difficult to eat !! its 1st time i come to know so many good things about it !!

  69. Adaleta Adaleta
    July 25, 2017    

    This is the first time I have hear of this, how cool!

  70. I have never ever heard of a custard apple. I don’t even know if I have ever seen one!! I am so interested to find one now!

  71. July 25, 2017    

    I have never heard of Custard Apples before! I have suffered from asthma my whole life, so I am willing to try anything! Thanks for posting!

  72. July 25, 2017    

    Never heard of custard apples before but it looks delicious! Glad to know that it has so many health benefits. Would love to try it some day!

  73. July 26, 2017    

    Apple custard is my favorite fruit as along with being delicious, it has nostalgic value too…some really happy childhood memories. I never knew it had so many health benefits…nice to know!

  74. July 26, 2017    

    I’ve never heard of this before! It sounds like a pretty amazing fruit, I will have to look into this! Looks so sweet and delicious, too. Thanks for sharing!

  75. July 26, 2017    

    Custard Apple is also known as “Atis” in my home country, the Philippines. Too bad I didn’t get to have some on our recent vacation there. I love ’em! They’re delish!

  76. Dee Dee
    July 26, 2017    

    I’ve never heard of this fruit! Anything that leads to healthier skin and nails is ok in my books 🙂

  77. July 26, 2017    

    I’ve never heard of custard apples! I’d love to try them. They’re very intriguing!

  78. July 26, 2017    

    I don’t think I have ever heard of these custard apples. How great to bake with

  79. k k
    July 26, 2017    

    I have never heard of this HAHA. BUT – it does sound like something I would like!!

  80. Jennifer G Jennifer G
    July 26, 2017    

    I am going to be honest. I have never heard of custard apples before but anything that leads to healthier skin is perfectly fine by me.

  81. July 26, 2017    

    I miss eating that. My grandparents used to have a lot of those in their backyard.

  82. July 26, 2017    

    I’m confused: Is the custard apple the same as the atis fruit? I’ve never heard of either. Gonna Google this!

  83. July 26, 2017    

    This looks delicious! I wish it were available at my local grocery store so I could try it- I love how it has so many benefits!

  84. Doris Doris
    July 26, 2017    

    I’ve never had a chance to try these! All of the benefits sound amazing. I hope to try them soon

  85. July 27, 2017    

    I have never heard of these before! They certainly look like they make a good treat and the benefits seem amazing!

  86. July 27, 2017    

    I’ve seen these once in my life when I was in high school. I’ve never tried them though – I don’t think I’m that brave.

  87. July 27, 2017    

    I have never seen or even heard of this but the it is amazing for your health! I really think they are worth looking into I would have so much to gain by simply eating them!!

  88. July 28, 2017    

    Add this to the “fruit I’ve never heard of before” list. It sounds delicious though. I’ll have to search for it so I can try it.

  89. Tiara Wilson Tiara Wilson
    July 29, 2017    

    I’ve never heard or seen, tried or found any of these custard apples. I love fuji apples that they have in Japan and I would love to try one of these custard apples. I am going to have to explore to see if I can find one.

  90. July 29, 2017    

    I’m sure these may taste good but they look so weird! I’d give it a shot though.

  91. July 30, 2017    

    Never heard of this fruit before. I’m going to search the markets for it now👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  92. July 30, 2017    

    I have never tried “Atis” before I will have to look for them in the market the next time I am out shopping.

  93. Dee Dee
    July 30, 2017    

    This is so cool!!! Never heard of it but cant wait to try!

  94. Elizabeth O Elizabeth O
    July 30, 2017    

    I grew up eating this delicious fruit. We called it by a different name but, it’s the same exotic fruit.

  95. Elizabeth O Elizabeth O
    August 7, 2017    

    Such a helpful article. Sure that everyone will benefit in this custard apple . We’re blessed to have this kind of fruit. Which can get a lot of health benefits.

  96. Elizabeth O Elizabeth O
    August 8, 2017    

    I’ve never heard about benefits of custard apple. This fruit is very helpful in our health. I’m gonna buy this next time. 🙂

  97. August 9, 2017    

    I had never heard of custard apples before today. This was very informative and very interesting. Thank you for sharing such good information on the fruit I would not have known existed otherwise.

  98. August 10, 2017    

    This looks yummy! There are a lot of things you can do with that.

  99. August 23, 2017    

    i used to eat them in my childhood days, now my kids are in love with them.

  100. August 28, 2017    

    yummy recipe i like this

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