Sarifa Custard Apple global price quotes



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sarifa (custard apple)


Price range: 100 - 120 NPR / 1 kg | Market: Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market | Date: 2021-11-18

Sarifa Custard Apple

The fruit of the common custard apple, also called sugar apple or bullock's-heart in the West Indies, is dark brown and marked with depressions giving it a quilted appearance; its pulp is reddish yellow, sweetish, and very soft (hence the common name). In Jamaica the ripe fruit is often halved, sprinkled with lime juice, and eaten fresh. The fruit flesh has a creamy but granular texture somewhat like that of the closely related cherimoya (Annona cherimola). Another close relative is soursop (A. muricata), called guanábana in Spanish-speaking regions. Starting in October, the plants may be seen flowering, carrying on their graceful habit of growth, and putting forth new leaves. In January or February, they bear their tiny flowers, which are perfect in all respects except that the sexes are not separated as they are in most cultivated species. In a large number of these trees growing together, each tree will bear fruit, but not much attention is paid to this fact by the Jamaican planters, who often have many thousand fruit trees on their estates. The fruit is very light and is carried off by the wind unless there is some tall object near them that will act as a break. The fruits of custard apple trees growing wild in Jamaica were eaten by the Arawak people, but it is unclear how they were used. It is unlikely that they were able to do more than take a few bites from the fruits as their flesh quickly turns into a gel-like substance rendering them difficult to eat. The fruit was introduced to Jamaica in 1605 by Captain Blaeu of the Dutch West India Company and rapidly became popular. By 1708, they were reported to be abundant in the markets of Port Royal (Palmer, 2008). However, it was not until about 1888 that custard apples came into their own when a Jamaican planter named Henry Parkinson began to market them on a large scale. He promoted them heavily, sending custard apples to his contacts around the world and importing breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) from Tahiti. Parkinson's venture was successful; today, Jamaica has a thriving industry with exports all over the world. Custard apple is also grown in Puerto Rico on a small scale basis, but it has yet to become a major export product. The custard apple is well adapted to tropical conditions and can tolerate relative humidity as low as 60% for short periods. Its ideal environment ranges from 23°C to 32°C with rainfall between 1000 and 2000 mm annually, a dry period of 3–5 months, and high atmospheric humidity. The custard apple tree is also successfully grown in many parts of the world with a suitable climate, such as Hong Kong and southern Florida.

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