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Sugar Apple (annon, sweetsop) Annona squamosa L.

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annon, custard apple, sweetsop, Annonaceae Native to tropical America, the sugar apple, is also called sweetsop or anon, has been widely planted in home gardens of south Florida because of its high quality fruit. It is a small, open, deciduous tree with a rounded canopy, rarely exceeding 20 feet in height and width. Because of their small stature, sugar apple trees are suited to small yards. The fruit is heart-shaped, round, ovate or conical, from 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The pulp is white or creamy white, with a custard-like consistency and a sweet, pleasant flavor. When ripe, sugar apples become light green or yellow-green in color. The sugar apple is consumed principally as a dessert fruit. A relative of the sugar apple called atemoya has similar characteristics to sugar apple. The pulp of sugar apple has an excellent flavor and is usually eaten fresh but it may also be used to make tasty ice cream or milkshakes. Season: July-Sept., Nov. -Jan. The optimum growing conditions for sugar apple production appear to be temperatures ranging from 73 to 94°F (23-34°C), 70% or higher relative humidity (RH) during flowering and fruit set, non-limiting soil moisture from flowering to harvest, and an extended dry period several months prior to the spring flowering period. Sugar apple trees and fruit production may benefit from wind protection. Properly placed and managed wind-breaks may enhance tree growth, decrease the drying effect of winds, and increase the relative humidity around sugar apple trees.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 30 December, 2010.