In Australia, the majority of custard apples, also known as cherimoyas, are produced in Queensland and also northern New South Wales. The exports and imports value of these custard apples are negligible. The unique variant of the custard apple that is grown in Australia is known as an atemoya.
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Predominantly, these fruits are grown along the eastern coast of Australia. This area pans from Queensland to northern New South Wales. Moreover, some of the major production areas include Atherton, Lismore in northern New South Wales and the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
Cherimoya is high in nutrients that help regulate blood pressure, such as potassium and magnesium. Notably, 1 cup (160 grams) of the fruit boasts 10% of the RDI for plenty of vitamins and over 6% of the RDI for magnesium. Both potassium and magnesium promote the dilation of blood vessels, which in turn helps lower blood pressure. High blood pressure may increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
High-fibre foods like cherimoya can promote healthy digestion and protect against inflammatory digestive disorders. Cherimoya is rich in flavonoid antioxidants that have been shown to prevent the growth of cancer cells in test-tube studies. That said, human research is needed.
Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)