Custard Apple from Australia
Commonly known as the "aristocrat of fruits" with a green bumpy skin while inside is a treat unlike any other you have ever tasted.A sweet tooth can safely indulge in delicious fruit as their sugar content comes accompanied by fibre and other nutrients. As fruit is more filling than other forms of sweet foods there is less danger of over-eating. Custard apples provide sugars that give sustained energy and do not over react the body's insulin output like processed sugars. The sugars designed by nature are complemented by other natural products such as vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein necessary for energy production.
Custard apples are a well-balanced food having protein, fibre, minerals, vitamins, energy and little fat. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of dietary fibre, a useful source of Vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium, and with some B2 and complex carbohydrate.
Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant and as anti-oxidants help to neutralize unstable substances, known as free radicals, that can damage cells.
Extra Vitamin C may be needed during 1) times of stress, 2) when fighting infection, 3) after surgery or if a wound is slow to heal, 4) if you smoke or consume moderate or large amounts of alcohol. As custard apples are available fresh from March through to October in Australia (and all grown here) then it is easy to have some for most of the year.
Custard apples are also a good food source of potassium which is most effective in the presence of Vitamin B6 which is also in useful supply in custard apples. Again, potassium is not stored in the body and anyone indulging in even moderate amounts of caffeine or alcohol or having too many processed foods in their diet will benefit from extra potassium.