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We provide high quality Ethiopia custard apples to the local and export market. We source the raw fresh Ethiopia custard apples from family growers in the country.
The Ethiopia African custard apple (Annona senegalensis), custard apple (Annona reticulata) and sweetsop/sugar apple (Annona squamosa) thrive under low to mid-level elevations of 400 to 1600 meters. The main growing areas of this wild custard apple include Wolega, Kefa, Gamo Gofa as well as Bale zones. The common varieties thrive in Harar in the Eastern parts of the country. These forested zones offer moisture and protection to the trees.
African Custard Apple (Annona Senegalensis)
Known in Amharic as giishta, African custard apple develops into a roughly partitioned fruit on the skin which is the shape of an egg. It produces fruits with yellowish orange color when it is ripe but still green when immature. The tree grows into two to six meters high but can achieve eleven meters when there is good climate and fertile soil.
As one of the most generous fruits in the annona family, the rest being sugar apple (annona squamosa) and annona reticulata, Ethiopia African custard apple serves as traditional medicine. It produces dye, essential oil and fibers similar to those of sisal. Extracts from the bark of the tree serve as anti-guinea worm treatment. The fruit is also full of vitamin C for immunity and fighting toxins. It also provides vitamin A for better vision as well as fiber for good digestion. Its fat content is completely low. For diabetics, consuming the fruit helps to keep the reabsorption of glucose low, thus preventing further deterioration of the disease.
Sweetsop (Annona Squamosa)
Considered by many to be the most sumptuous of the annona family, sweetsop or sugar apple grows in the area of Harar in the Hararghe region of eastern Ethiopia. Its characteristics include whitish yellow flesh and an inviting aroma.
Custard Apple (Annona Reticulata)
Common as custard apple, the Ethiopia variety is available once a year on the road-side kiosks in cities like Addis Ababa. It grows mainly in the Harar region of the eastern parts of the country. It is visible in markets and family growers’ orchards in its heart-shaped rounded oval appearance. Though it has a sweet flesh, its taste is a little bit on a lower note in comparison to that of the rest of the annona family.
Because of the distance from the family growers’ areas to Addis Ababa and other markets, preliminary farm packing takes place using foam sheet. This is a material that acts as a buffer zone that prevents the shaking of fruits in crates during transportation.
We then pack the custard apple fruits in pre-cooled PVC film linings at 10 degrees celsius. This helps to conserve the freshness of the fruit from the storage site to the final destination abroad. You can keep the custard apple from Ethiopia you import from us for a further six days. This is because it has a shelf life of a week, under 20 degrees celsius.
We also maintain phytosanitary handling of the fruits, which undergo not only washing but wrapping in polyethylene bags during the warehouse storage duration. This ensures that their mass does not depreciate due to undue shrinking or quick ripening.
If you would like to make a request for any of the three Ethiopia custard apples, including the exceptional African custard apple, sweetsop or the common custard apple, talk to our experts today. We guarantee due date delivery of the fresh fruits once you order them. We also provide the most competitive price parameters in the market. Get in touch today for more details!
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