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Custard apple - Amazing reasons why you must eat it!


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Custard apple (Sharifa, Sugar apple, Annona squamosa) is a versatile fruit plant and its fruits are amazingly tasty. When fully ripe, it is soft to the touch.

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The flesh can be scooped from the skin and eaten as it is or served with little sugar. Often it is sieved and added to milkshakes, custards or ice cream. The fruits of A. squamosa are widely used to prepare candies, ice creams, and beverages.

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A wide range of ethnobotanical uses has been related to different portions of A. squamosa, such as tonic, apophlegmatisant (that makes you salivate), cool medicine, abortient and heart sedative.

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Various research projects on A. squamosa have found that it has anticancer, antioxidant, antidiabetic, antihypertensive, hepatoprotective, antiparasitic, antimalarial, insecticidal, microbicidal and molluscicidal activities.

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It possesses a wide variety of compounds like acetogenins which were responsible for antifeedant, anti-malarial, cytotoxic and the immunosuppressive activities.

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Diterpenes which was isolated from the Annona squamosa possess the anti-HIV property and the anti-platelet aggregation activity.

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The partially purified flavonoids were reported from the same source as the responsible factor for the anti-microbial and other pesticidal activities.

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