Common Name Custard Apple, Sugar Apple
Botanical Name Annona squamosa
Local Name
Native/Non Native Non Native
Origin Amazon rain forest, Central America
Location at Holy Family Church Graveyard, behind Jesuit residence

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

The Custard Apple tree is a small tropical tree that grows up to 20 feet tall.

The leaves are often used for medicinal purposes due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

The flowers are trumpet shaped and greenish-yellow in colour. They open only partially, after which the petals dry up and the fruit grows from the crown of the flower.

The tree starts bearing fruit after 3-4 years of seed germination. The fruits have a knobby skin that is non-edible but the flesh is sweet. They are generally eaten fresh but are also used to produce shakes, jelly and jams. Each fruit contains up to 40 black seeds that are poisonous if consumed.

The fruit contains high levels of potassium, iron, manganese and vitamin C; and low levels of cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat.

The peelings and pulps contain an essential oil that is useful in flavouring various dishes including ice creams, milk beverages and salads. It is also used to manufacture soap and is an effective remedy for head lice.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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