Custard apple, also known as Seetapalam in India, is a subtropical fruit belonging to the Annonacea family. The fruit grows on a small deciduous tree and is known by different names worldwide. The fruit is around 8 centimeters in diameter and has a sweet and delicious taste. The shape of the fruit may be lopsided, irregular, spherical, heart shaped, or round. It has a creamy and granular textured flesh, surrounded by seeds. The skin of the fruit is thin and tough, mostly black and green in colour. The fruit is native to West Indies, Central America, Peru and Mexico.
Every season, we are introduced to a variety of fruits in the market. You will not miss to see carts stocked with custard apples. In every nook and corner these fleshy fruits are in abundance and what’s special is that they are extremely healthy.
A custard apple is rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C. Due to the presence of these nutrient and others it will help to get rid of free radicals in the body. The fruit is also rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, niacin and potassium which are essential elements needed to keep you healthy and fit.
Many are not fond of this fleshy fruit. But when you learn about its importance through the health benefits of the custard apple you will want to consume it the entire season. Experts state that custard apple helps in rapid weight loss, so those on a diet make use of this weight loss fruit.
The fruit can be consumed just by itself or in the form of shakes, smoothies, deserts 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 as it provides the same nutrition.
However, the only problem with this delicious fruit is it is cooling for the body, which can or will not be helpful for wheezing patients.