The fruit is usually round or slightly pine cone-like, 6-10 cm diameter, with a scaly-like or lumpy skin. The fruit flesh is white, and resembles and tastes like custard. The name "custard-apple" is frequently, though technically incorrectly, used to refer to this species. In the Philippines, it is called "atis". The picture was taken at our backyard, planted by my hubby a few years ago. Now, it’s bearing fruits ! It is abundant in August to October.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- Order: Magnoliales
- Family: Annonaceae
- Genus: Annona
- Species: A. squamosa
Sugar-apple is high in calories and is a good source of iron.
Role in the Ecosystem
- In the Philippines, it is most commonly eaten by the Philippine Fruit Bat (Kabag or Kabog) which transfers it from island to island.
- It is larval host plant of the Tailed Jay Butterfly (Graphium Agamemnon)
It is used by some societies in India to prepare a hair tonic. The seeds are also ground and applied to rid the hair of lice.