|ANNONA SQUAMOSA - SUGAR APPLE.|
Sugar apple, sweetsop, ati, ates, custard apple, kaneelappel, kaner'apra, fun li chi, pomme canelle, tapotapo, anon, anona blanca.
Annonaceae (Annona family).
Sugar apple is a small tropical tree, indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, growing up to 20' tall.
The leaves are thin, oblong while the flowers are greenish - yellow.
This avoid or conical fruit, with a purple knobby skin, is very sweet and is eaten fresh or can be used for shakes.
The fruit is juicy and creamy - white; it may contain up to 40 black seeds.
These seeds are poisonous.
The bark and leaves contain annonaine, an alkaloid.
In tropical America, a decoction of the leaves is used as a cold remedy and to clarify urine.
A bark decoction is used to stop diarrhea, while the root is used in the treatment of dysentery.
USDA zone 9 - 11.
Due to recalcitrant nature of the seeds, they have a short viable life, can not be dried well and can not withstand low temperatures.
full sun, different types of well drained soil.
Can withstand temperatures down to 27° F., but protect from frost.
It can also be grown successfully in containers (for the cooler zones).
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