Its ugly skin hides the sweet, creamy flesh that bursts with health benefits.
Five facts about custard apples
They look better with age! The bumpy skin starts to smooth out as the fruit matures, and it turns from dark green to light green.
Unlike regular apples, which are the perfect-sized snack, custard apples are much larger, ranging from 500g to 3kg. So, cut one in half or pull it apart with your hands, pass out the spoons, and share it around.
Its luxurious texture and rich taste make it a delicious dessert on its own, or you can blend it into a creamy smoothie or milkshake for a fraction of the kilojoules of ice cream!
There are two main varieties — Pinks Mammoth and African Pride. Both are deliciously sweet and juicy. Pinks Mammoth is the larger of the two and has fewer seeds; it is slightly pink between the bumps on its skin when ripe.
Winter cold season is just around the corner, so build up your immunity with this vitamin C-rich fruit. Just half a medium custard apple gives you all your daily requirements.
Top tip: To ripen custard apples faster, place the fruit in a paper bag with a banana.
Custard apples pair perfectly with…
Three ways with custard apples
Top sourdough toast with ricotta, slices of custard apple and cinnamon.
Stir deseeded segments into a green chicken curry towards the end of cooking.
Purée the flesh and then freeze to make a refreshing, creamy sorbet.