Friday, 26 August 2011

Sugar apple

Sugar apple is a delicious fruit made up of numerous prominent knobs which, when ripe, can be pulled apart and eaten.

The sugar apple tree ranges from 10 to 20 ft (3-6 m) in height and they have open crown of irregular branches.
The fruit itself is a size of a small apple and has soft, creamy white flesh, sometimes with a minty or custardy flavor. The sugar apple is extremely popular throughout the tropics.
Very often this fruit is confused with the custard apple and I got into this trap as well with my earlier post (I wasn’t being attentive enough and for my post on custard apple I’ve put the pictures of a sugar apple). They look similar, but there’s a difference in their shape. Custard apple looks like a heart, whereas sugar apple looks more like a bunch of small grape-like fruits stuck together in a shape of an apple. There’s another difference, which is a texture of a skin – the ripe custard apple has extremely thin and weak skin, which is a bit yellowish; sugar apple, on the other side, has very thick and strong skin.

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