The Fruit that thinks it’s a Dessert

Custard Apple

In the staff restaurant at work the other day custard apples were on display with a notice urging people to try them. I’d never come across them before but my colleague who was with me said they were good so, never being one to turn down a new culinary experience, I picked one up and took it home to dissect with my camera lens, a knife and my taste buds.

Custard Apple 1

When I selected my custard apple from the ones on display in the restaurant my colleague had advised me to choose one that wasn’t too hard but gave a little when pressed so that I would know it was ripe (much like an avocado) – worth remembering if you ever buy one. I cut it open and discovered little black seeds buried inside the cream coloured flesh. When I scooped some of the flesh out with a spoon and tasted it I immediately understood why this fruit got its name. It was sweet and tasted a little like banana, with a hint of pineapple, but in both taste and texture I thought it actually did have a vague similarity to custard!

For a whole host of information about custard apples and recipes too take a look at this website from the Australian Custard Apple Growers Association.

Custard Apple 2



  1. Caitlin
    December 3, 2008 / 10:28 am

    This brings back memories! I’m from Australia and used to eat custard apples as a treat when I was a kid. Haven’t had one for a long time.

  2. Anonymous
    December 3, 2008 / 7:23 pm

    I LOVE custard apples. Now I’m craving one. They’re popular in the Caribbean.

  3. Happy cook
    December 4, 2008 / 3:59 pm

    I love this fruit. Back at home we used to have them when it was season and always loved eating them.

  4. R2K
    December 4, 2008 / 11:45 pm


  5. MissMVK
    December 5, 2008 / 2:28 pm

    I love these too. They are also popular in Asian cultures. Tasty and delightful. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Squishy
    December 8, 2008 / 10:26 pm

    Custard Apples are gorgeous and the riper the better. I love them. If you like them then you should try a mangostein because the are like eating a tropical fruit salad within one fruit.

  7. Jude
    December 17, 2008 / 6:39 am

    MMmmm I grew up eating this stuff. We used to have a tree in the backyard. Filipinos call it “atis.”

  8. Soma
    January 9, 2009 / 4:43 pm

    I miss this so much. had so much of these back in India & I get none here.

  9. Soraya
    January 24, 2009 / 8:15 pm

    I absolutely love these!

    My Dad and I used to get some in the Brighton branch of Waitrose and wander down to the sea and sit on the beach and eat loads of them.

    Sadly I haven’t seen them anywhere for a while 🙁

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