Well I did not; the only thing I knew is that they taste great. I love its rich, sweet creamy taste. It tastes lovely in Ice-cream too! Known as custard apple, sitaphal and shareefa in India. Sitaphal trees are grown all over and the rich and the poor all enjoy the fruit. The tree itself is very hardy and demands little care. However we always feed some good oganic manure during the flowering period and the tree responds with a bounty yield. I found some interesting health benefits on google and am sharing the important ones:
Custard Apple for Good Eyesight: The presence of riboflavin and vitamin C in custard apple which is an antioxidant too, is suggested to help in fighting free-radical damage caused to the cells. These can help in maintaining good eyesight.
Custard Apple for Healthy Heart: It is suggested that custard apple contains reasonably high amount of magnesium and potassium. Magnesium can relax the smooth muscles of the heart and soothe spasms or cramps, thereby preventing heart attack and strokes. On the other hand, the rich content of potassium may regulate blood pressure, thereby maintaining cardiovascular function.
Custard Apple to Treat Arthritis and Rheumatism: Experts
suggest that high in magnesium content, custard apple may regulate water balance. This might help in removing acids from the joints, thereby alleviating symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.
Custard Apple for Fighting Fatigue: Custard apple is a rich source of energy. This can help in fighting fatigue and weakness. Also the presence of potassium can also help in fighting muscle weakness.
(Information from – http://naturecure.ygoy.com/)
This year we had a bounty crop of sitaphal!