Friday, August 9, 2013

KNOW THE FRUIT : SUGAR-APPLE!

I just had one sugar-apple and it's so yummy! 

So what is that I am talking about? Sugar-apple? Apple dipped in sugar syrup? NO.

Sugar-apple in India is also known as ata, aarticum, shareefa, sitaphal, seethaphal or seetha pazham (literally meaning "Sita's fruit"). In Kerala, it is called aathachakka. In Assam, it is known as atna kothal. It's also known as Cherimoya or Custard apple.

The fruit is usually round, slightly pine cone-like, with a scaly or lumpy skin. There are variations in shape and size. The fruit flesh is sweet, white to light yellow, and resembles and tastes like custard.

The season of sugar-apple starts from September and ends in early February in India. 

Sugar-apples are ripe when they are soft. If the fruits are hard when you touch it, it means it's not ripe. Overripe fruits fall apart in the hand and have a black exterior. They also lose their sweetness and aren't tasty when overripe. These fruits have numerous black seeds that should be thrown out.


According to the resources, Sugar-apples has numerous health benefits.
  • It contains anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, which helps fight free radicals in our body.
  • It is also high in potassium and magnesium that protects our heart from cardiac disease.
  • It  controls our blood pressure. 
  • Sugar-apples contain Vitamin A, which keeps your skin and hair healthy. 
  • The fruit is also known to be great for eyes, and cures indigestion problems.
  • It's important to include this fruit in your diet, as the copper content helps to cure constipation, and helps treat diarrhea and dysentery.

Recipes

  1. Sitaphal Kheerni
  2. Custard Apple Icecream
  3. Spiced custard apple teacake
  4. Custard apple smoothie
Try these recipes or just eat the fruit as it is! Enjoy! :)

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