Friday, July 1, 2011
Botanical Name: Annona x atemoya
Specimens From: Australia
Specimens Weight: 810 gm [1 lb 12.6 oz] (average weight per fruit)
The atemoya looks like a bigger version of "Sugar apple" because this fruit is a deliberate hybrid between the sugar apple (Annona squamosa) and the cherimoya (Annona cherimola). It was done in a lab in Miami, USA.
An atemoya is usually conical or round in shape with thick bumpy rind but will soften when ripe. There are several inedible, dark brown seeds that appear almost black but with far lesser seeds than the sugar apple. Of the several edible fruits in this annona genus, atemoya tastes the best. It is usually sweet while some culitvars are with a mixture of sweet and slightly tart. The flesh is white and somewhat spongy and firmer than sugar apple.
The atemoya is more popular than the cherimoya as it can be grown in the tropics and hence, this fruit is widely available and is also slightly hardier than the sugar apple.
Fruit: Atemoya; Annona x atemoya ; Annonaceae.
Other fruits in the same family: Sugar Apple[red rind] , Sugar Apple[green rind], Soursop.
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