Custard apple or also known as Seethaphal is a tropical fruit tree that grows easily. The fleshes white creamy with sugary taste. It is one of those seasonal fruit which is known for its delicious taste and nutritional benefits. The fruit is high in calorie content but rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, calcium and riboflavin. They are mainly used in desserts, shakes, smoothies and in natural ice creams.
Custard apple is a storehouse of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights with free radicals in the body.
This fruit is rich in cooper and dietary fibre, which are required for good digestion and bowel movement. As it has high content of copper, the trace mineral required for hemoglobin production it is recommended for those suffering from anemia.
The presence of magnesium helps in digestion problem,prevent constipation, protect heart from cardiac disease and relaxes muscles.
The fruit also contains Vitamin A which is good for healthy skin, better vision and healthy hair. As it is rich in Vitamin A, the pulp of fresh fruit can be used effectively in treating ulcers and boils.
Custard apple is rich in Vitamin B6 and helps in preventing skin problems like sore tongue, convulsion and also depression.
They are good for those suffering from hyperthyroidism who wants to gain weight. A mixture of honey and custard apple when consumed regularly will help to gain weight.
Custard apple are low in fat content which is also good for health.
Custard apple is rich in niacin and dietary fibre thus help in reducing cholesterol level effectively.
The bark of custard apple tree contains astringents and tannins is used in preparing herbal medicines. Scientists have used its leaves in treatment of cancer and tumors.
Nutritional value of Custard apple, raw
100gm of custard apple contains:
Dietary fibre: 2.4g
Thiamine (B1): 0.08mg
Riboflavin (B2): 0.1mg
Niacin (B3): 0.5mg
Pantothenic acid (B5): 0.135mg
Vitamin B6: 0.221mg
Vitamin C: 19.2mg
How to select fresh custard apples
Look for custard apples that are firm. They should not have spoiled areas.
The color of fruit should be brownish green or brown and not black.
How to store custard apples
Store unripe custard apple at room temperature. Once ripe(soft) store in the refrigerator. They should be consumed as soon as possible when they are ripe as they get spoiled easily once ripped.
Other uses of custard apple
Custard apple milk shake is one of the best and healthy option for breakfast.
Pieces of custard apple could be included in salad along with other fruits.
Custard apple pie, ice creams and cakes are some example of confectioneries.
Custard apple puree can be used in flavoring mousse and fruit souffles.
Thus custard apple is a well balance fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins, proteins and fibre and one should include in diet to gain all its health benefits.