What is Atis Fruit?
Atis, also known as sweetsop or sugar-apple, is part of the Annonaceae family and is scientifically known as Annona squamosa. It is a seasonal fruit that is sweet, delicious and nutritious. It also contains:
- phosphorus beta-carotene
- ascorbic acid
The atis fruit is related to the custard apple. It is a small tree that grows to a maximum of 20 feet high when fully matured. The leaves are somewhat hairy when young and are oblong shaped. The fruit looks heart-shaped with polygonal tubercles.
he skin of the fruit is scaly or lumpy but the inside of the fruit is edible. It is white to light yellow and fleshy. Atis tastes like custard and the seeds are scattered through the fruit flesh. The seeds of the atis fruit are blackish-brown, hard, shiny, and about 12-18mm long.
History of Atis
Atis is said to have originated from Central America before it was distributed to Mexico and throughout tropical American regions. It eventually made its way to the Philippines during the Spanish era where it was planted and eventually, widely cultivated. It can now be found almost everywhere in the Philippines.
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