Fresh Atemoya grown in California, USA.
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 flavor. 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 fetal development.
An atemoya is a heart-shaped pale-green fruit with a bumpy skin. Near the stem, the skin is bumpy as it is in the sugar-apple, but become smoother like the cherimoya on the bottom. The flesh is not segmented like that of the sugar-apple, bearing more similarity to that of the cherimoya. 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. When ripe, the fruit can be scooped out of the shell and eaten chilled.
The atemoya is a hybrid of two fruits – the sugar-apple and the cherimoya. 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. In Cuba it is known as anón, and in Venezuela chirimorinon. In Israel and Lebanon, the fruit is called achta. In Tanzania it is called stafeli dogo – “mini soursop”.