Yes, I also love them! I haven't seen them in the fruit shops for a while though. I don't think Aldi's have never sold them, & that's where iI do my shopping. My mum used to buy them for us, about 20 + years ago. Mostly I have found them to be very sweet, but occasionally I have had a 'floury' tasting one.
We used to pick custard apples from an abandoned orchard as kids. We had so many we got sick of them.
As an adult I loved them again.
One day after enjoying Custard apple with my son,I saved half a custard apple for my husband. Unfortunately he was killed on his way from work. For a long time I couldn't stand the smell of them. It would make me cry.
Years later I decided I needed to get over it and bought Custard apples again. After time I can eat them now and enjoy them.
They are in season in May. Leave out to ripen and eat when soft. The fruit closest to skin, is a bit gritty and not so good, but the smooth fruit around the seeds is delicious.
I had never tasted these until I came to live in Nth Qld. They are strange looking things to be sure,but I have to say the ones I have eaten ,have always been very refreshing,especially when they are well chilled!! They are fabulous for making Sorbet with, just for something different! I have NEVER bought these,as they grow so well here that friends will always have far too many for themselves,so they tend to be a much shared fruit in this region. They are not my favourite fruit,but I do enjoy the flavour .
One has to make sure they are quite ripe...so make sure they are soft,and a tad brown but not too brown.Otherwise if green, they taste like flour.YUCK.. :(
When quite ripe, they are so lovely and soft and sweet...make sure you take out those black pips!
If you want to get one just perfect, just ask for staff to find one for you.
If all are green....you need to wait, till it changes colour.
Yes, recently, they have many positive health benefits that our bodies need to maintain for good health in Western Society. I like the flavour, and it can be added successful to many savoury or sweet recipes and eaten alone delightfully.
I love custard apple! It's a great alternative to cream, and can be used in place of cream for some recipes eg maybe muffins, cheesecake? It's creamy and delicious, good with fruit salad. Do make sure it's ripe to get full flavour though.
I finally ate my $8 custard apple last night -I think I should have left it another day as the guy said wait till it is soft, which I did but middle was not as sweet.
IT WAS DELICIOUS - those first bites, it actually tasted like custard....but are they always so expensive or is it that I went to http://www.weekendnotes.com/boatshed-market/
where things are expensive? have not seen them locally....