The Sugar-Apple (La Pomme cannelle)
When visiting Guadeloupe Archipelago, you will be able to discover a wide range of tropical fruits throughout the year, depending of the season for each of them. Today, let’s have a look to the Sugar-apple also known as the “Pomme cannelle” in French.
Origin & Description
The Sugar-apple is native to South America and has been introduced in the West Indies during the 16th century. Nowadays, it is also cultivated in South and South Eastern Asia and many others tropical and subtropical countries all over the globe.
The Sugar-Apple tree called the Annona squamosa ranges from 3 to 6 metres in height with open crown of irregular branches. The leaves are dull-green on the upper side and bloomy and paler on the lower side. The fruit can be either round or conical with 6 to 10 centimetres long and 5 to 10 centimetres in diameter. It weighs between 100 to 250 grams. The exterior of the fruit consists of a pale- green to blue-green thick rind composed of knobbly segments and looks like a green pinecone. When ripe, the flesh is creamy-white to pale yellow, juicy, very sweet and tastes the same as banana custard. There can be a total of 20 to 35 dark-brown to black seeds for each fruit. In Guadeloupe Archipelago, the sugar apple fruit is usually available from September to November. You will definitely find them during this period when visiting different markets.
As many of tropical fruits in Guadeloupe Archipelago, the “Sugar-Apple” is used to make delicious juice, sorbet or punch. If you are more creative, you can customise your recipes by doing smoothies, pies and cakes.
Nutrient content and Health benefits
The “Sugar-Apple” is an antioxidant and an excellent source of vitamin B and C, of iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium in fair quantities. In terms of health benefits, the fruit has several qualities to prevent asthma, to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as maintaining healthy bones. The “Sugar-Apple” will energise your body thanks to all these micronutrients.
Feel free to try this tasty fruit when visiting Guadeloupe Archipelago, you won’t be disappointed!