025%20Custard%20apple%20two%20types.jpgThe custard-apple grows from the Annona Reticulata tree. This tree is a small deciduous or semi-evergreen tree reaching about 33 feet tall. It is a native of the tropical New World and prefers low elevations, and a warm, humid climate. It also occurs as feral populations in many parts of the world including Southeast Asia, Taiwan, India, Australia, and Africa. The fruits vary in shape, they are usually heart shaped, oblong or irregular. The size ranges from 7 centimeters to 12 centimeters. When ripe, the fruit is brown or yellowish, with red highlights and a varying degree of reticulation, depending on variety. The flavor is sweet and pleasant. In some regions of the world, "custard-apple" is another name for sugar-apple or sweetsop. In Britain, "custard-apple" refers to cherimoya, the fruit of Annona cherimola, a third plant in the same genus.

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