Cherimoyas are a fruit that comes from the custard apple, a tree of the Annonaceae family and whose origin is in the Peruvian Andes and the mountains of Ecuador, where it grows spontaneously, although its cultivation has spread to the entire planet after that the Spanish discovered them in America.
This fruit is typical of winter, the time of year when it can be found in an optimal state of maturation, that is, when it has more flavor and nutritional properties. Thus, it becomes a very good option to accompany dishes or as a dessert or snacks.
Nutritional value of custard apples
As custard apples on a regular basis, it is a very good way to get vitamins and minerals. In addition, as with the vast majority of fruits, custard apples have a high water content, although they are quite energetic compared to other fruits, since they provide 90 kcal per 100 grams of edible product.
This is because they have a large amount of carbohydrates, about 20% of their weight. Most of them are simple sugars such as fructose and glucose (11%) and sucrose (9%) , as indicated by the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN).
However, the properties of custard apples go further, since it contains around 18 mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams of edible fruit. Thus, a serving of custard apple covers 36% of the recommended intakes for this vitamin . Thus, it has antioxidant properties, since vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells against oxidative damage.
Outstanding is its contribution of potassium among minerals, since a serving represents 13% of the recommended intakes. In total, there are 382 mg of potassium for every 100 grams of fruit. Potassium contributes to the proper functioning of the muscles and the nervous system. Likewise, it has 30 mg of calcium and 21 mg of phosphorus.