Sugar apple originates from the Caribbean. Fruits of the sugar apple are usually eaten fresh, but can also be used to make wine.
Sugar apple is sometimes confused with custard apple, which is another but closely related fruit.
Basic information and facts
Evergreen or deciduous:
The fruits are usually round and slightly pine cone-like, often green, with a diameter of 6 to 10 cm. They have a scaly or lumpy skin, but there is a lot of variation in shape, size and color.
Climate and weather:
Requires a tropical or sub-tropical climate. Below 10°C it will shed leaves. cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. The tree requires sufficient water (rainall over 700mm); during drought it hardly produces fruits.
Sugar apple is a shrub or small tree that can reach 6 to 8 meters tall.
By small insects (bees are not very effective); Hand pollination improves fruit setting
In Philippines the fruits are eaten by fruit bats, which helps spreading the seeds.
Ripe fruits are harvested by hand picking.
Usually eaten fresh. Can be used to make wine.
Proverbs and Quotes
- Teeth as sugar apple seeds.
(This proverb in Vietnam originates from an old fashion of Vietnamese ladies. In the 19th century and earlier, fashionable ladies used to stain their teeth in black. The white teethed ladies were ordinary and not so fashionable. So, "Teeth as sugarapple seeds" used to praise a pretty woman who had nice teeth.)