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Custard apple 'Hillary White'

Annona atemoya 'Hillary White'

Custard apple (Eng.), Suikerappel, Vla-appel (Afr.)

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Large cobbled fruits with a soft creamy white pulp, black seeds and a relatively smooth skin grows on the semi-deciduous 'Hilary White' tree. Rated by many as one of the most delicious fruits, despite its numerous seeds, the Custard apple tree, and in this case the 'Hilary White' variety is a great addition to any subtropical or tropical garden. Being a strain of 'Pink's Mammoth', it is a more consistent bearer when compared. Along with this advantage and its usability in the culinary world, it is also known for its health benefits.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Fruit is ready for harvest as soon as there is creaming of the grooves between the fruit carpels and it is no longer green. Fruit is harvested by hand commercially and picked as they ripen.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing seeds in Spring and Summer about double the seed depth. Germination time 1-3months.
Cuttings
Semi-hardwood cuttings can be taken during the growing season and treat with hormone powder.

Special features

Pot plant
They can be grown in large pots and will produce fruit.
Repels harmful insects
The seeds, leaves and young fruits are insecticidal. The leaf juice kills lice.

Geography

Origin
Central America
Natural climate
Sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Used to treat boils, abscesses, ulcers, diarrhea and dysentery.
Edible
Fruits are only eaten when soft, and only the flesh is eaten. The ripe fruit is either eaten fresh and added to milk shakes, custards or ice cream.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Annonaceae
Flower colour
Yellow-green
Scent
Mild

Problems

Pests include the fruitspotting bug, the mealybug, scale, the chalcid fly, and fruit bats. Diseases include black canker, purple blotch, Diplodia fruit rot, etc.
Citrus mealybug
Citrus mealybug
Planococcus citri

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