How To Eat Custard Apples

How To Eat Custard Apples

The easiest way to eat custard apples is to just cut in half or pull apart with your hands and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh to eat. Try adding a little lime juice for a complementary flavour. The taste of a custard apple has been described as like sweet custard mixed with cooked apple or pear flesh. The flesh closest to the skin can be a little bitter, as is the central spine, so avoid this area if you prefer sweeter fruit.

Ripe custard apples have pale green skin and yield to gentle pressure and taste sweet and juicy with an aromatic flavour. Ripen darker green fruit at room temperature, once ripe store in the fridge and eat within two days.

There are many other ways to eat custard apples and enjoy the fruit. Here are some of the suggestions the BuyFruit team love....

Make a puree of the flesh by either blending/food processing or pushing the custard apple flesh through a sieve with a wooden spoon, discarding the seeds and any overly fibrous parts.

The puree is then ideal for making or adding to sorbet, ice cream, yoghurt or baking in muffins and cakes. How about a custard apple daiquiri – in a food processor combine the puree of half a custard apple with 45ml white rum, 30ml orange liqueur, 30ml lime juice and a handful of crushed ice.

For a warm treat, try stirring some de-seeded segments into a green chicken curry in the last few minutes of cooking.

The Australian Custard Apple Growers Association has some fabulous recipes on their website, including Chicken with Custard Apple Sauce; Caramelised Custard Apple Bruschetta; Custard Apple Cream and many more. Open up a custard apple and a new taste experience!
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