custard apple
Last Updated : Oct 21,2019

What is Custard Apple (Sitafal) |Uses of Custard Apple,
Viewed 17908 times

Also Known As
Bull’s Heart, Sitaphal, Sitapal, Seetaphal

What is Custard Apple (Sitafal)?

Custard apple is the fruit of a small, deciduous or semi-evergreen tropical tree, which is commonly found in South East Asia, Africa and India. The fruits are usually heart-shaped or oblong and maybe that is why they are also called Bull's Heart.

The fruits are picked before they are ripe. When ripe, the fruit is yellow or brown. The flesh is usually white and creamy with a sugary taste, but there are also varieties with bright red, purplish red or pinkish flesh. The flavour is sweet and pleasant, and has a grainy mouth-feel. The oval-shaped, black and shiny seeds of the fruit are inedible.

How to select Custard Apple

• When buying custard apple, choose firm fruits, which are not over-ripe and soggy. Also make sure the skin is free of bruises, blemishes and cuts.
• When selecting a custard apple to eat, look for an evenly-coloured apple which yields slightly when pressed.
• The ridges of the fruit may be slightly tinged with brown, but the fruit should not appear black, moist or pulpy.

Uses of Custard Apple

• It is a pleasure to just scoop the fruit out of its skin and eat it as it is, but the custard apple is also useful in many other recipes!
• As it is soft and energy-rich, it is a preferred baby food.
• Custard apple puree is used in flavouring mousses, fruit soufflés and compotes.
• Combine crushed custard apple with chilled milk for a late afternoon refresher drink.
• Use the sweet fruit to make syrups, squashes, jams and marmalades along with other fruits.
• Add the puree to cake fillings or to make fruit sauces.

How to store Custard Apple

• Use custard apple within a few days of purchase, or they will start losing their freshness.
• Do not store over-ripe custard apples for too long, because their soft cover tends to rupture easily inviting flies, dust and other unwanted contaminants. They could mess up your whole fruit bowl.

Health Benefits

• This energy dense fruit is an instant refresher.
• The fruit is rich in minerals like iron, phosphorous, calcium and riboflavin, and is a good cure for anaemia.
• It serves as a stimulant and coolant.
• However, the fruit is better avoided by diabetics due to its high glycemic index.

Related Links

Custard apple pulp
Subscribe to the free food mailer


Missed out on our mailers?
Our mailers are now online!

View Mailer Archive

Privacy Policy: We never give away your email

REGISTER NOW If you are a new user.
Or Sign In here, if you are an existing member.

Login Name

Forgot Login / Passowrd?Click here

If your Gmail or Facebook email id is registered with, the accounts will be merged. If the respective id is not registered, a new account will be created.

Are you sure you want to delete this review ?

Click OK to sign out from tarladalal.
For security reasons (specially on shared computers), proceed to Google and sign out from your Google account.


custard apple
 on 24 Jul 17 06:33 AM