This fruit is popular in Taiwan, where it is known as the “pineapple sugar apple”, so is sometimes wrongly believed to be a cross between the sugar-apple and the pineapple. It is very juicy and smooth, tasting slightly sweet and a little tart, reminiscent of a piña colada.
The taste also resembles vanilla from its sugar-apple parent. An atemoya is normally heart-shaped or rounded, with pale-green, easily bruised, bumpy skin.
The fruits must be clipped from the branch, taking care that the stalk left on the fruit does not protrude beyond the shoulders.
Frequent picking is necessary to harvest the fruit at the ideal stage, that is, when creamy lines appear around the areoles showing that the spaces between them are widening.
Atemoya has many health benefits; it is beneficial for weight loss, lowers blood pressure levels and increases the body’s energy levels. The fruit is generally eaten fresh. The flesh is sometimes added in ice creams and desserts.
The fragrant flesh is snowy-white, of fine texture, almost solid, not conspicuously divided into segments, with fewer seeds than the sugar apple; sweet and sub acid at the same time and resembling the cherimoya in flavour.
Fruits contain good amount of sugar that can provide the human body with energy, they are a very good source of several vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber which are necessary for human body.
They are also low in calories, making them a great choice for your waistline as mentioned before. Folate (folic acid) in fruits helps the body form red blood cells.
Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements.
This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during foetal development.