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Custard Apple

Annona reticulata

a.k.a. Bullock's Heart

Although somewhat less esteemed than the cherimoya and atemoya, the custard apple is well-liked in many parts of the world. In poor varieties the flesh is usually a bit less flavorful than its well-known relatives, but thankfully better varieties are spreading, having fairly good-flavored flesh. Fruits often have colorful skin with creamy, white or pale yellow flesh.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Custard Apple. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2012.

Description

Small tree to 20-35ft. Leaves can be quite pretty but trees often take on irregular shapes. The tree is popular as a rootstock for other Annona species. Custard apple's have an advantage over other Annona's in that they tend to ripen slightly later in the year than their relatives, so during certain times of the year, only custard apple's are available.

Hardiness

It is tropical, but full -grown trees show hardiness to 26F.

Growing Environment

Grow in full sun. Water regularly.

Propagation

Usually by seeds. There are few named varieties and better strains are propagated by air layering and grafting.

Uses

Almost exclusively eaten fresh.

Native Range

Native to the Caribbean region but has spread across Central and South America, as well as Africa and Asia.

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