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Do you know what an atemoya is? Have you ever seen what it looks like? If you haven’t, today you will learn what it is, its origin, where it grows and some of the benefits of eating it.

Atemoyas are native to South American and is also found in Central American countries, Caribbean islands, and the United States. An original cross between the sugar apple and the cherimoya produced the hybrid fruit known as the atemoya. In the late 19th century, Horticulturist P.J. Wester initially carried out this hybridization at the USDA Subtropical Laboratory in Miami, Florida. Wester was experimenting with various Annona species to produce hybrids that incorporated the best features from both parent plants. The cherimoya’s sweet, creamy texture and the sugar apple’s resilience and adaptability are traits that the atemoya acquires from both parent fruits. Due to its distinct flavor and comparatively simple cultivation, this hybrid grew in popularity over time in a number of tropical and subtropical locales. 

As mentioned before, atemoyas are tropical fruits that are crossbreeds between two different fruits: cherimoyas and sugar apples. Its flesh is known for being aromatic, creamy, and sweet. Usually larger and more heart-shaped than sugar apples, the fruit shares several characteristics with the cherimoya, including rough skin. Many people characterize the flavor of atemoyas as a wonderful blend of their two parent fruits, smelling somewhat like pineapple, vanilla, and banana. It can be used in smoothies, desserts, and other culinary uses in addition to being consumed raw. Grown in tropical and subtropical climates, the fruit is prized for its distinct flavor and texture.

Atemoyas are a tropical fruit that may be grown and produced throughout Florida, but they are most popular in the southern regions of the state due to their warmer environment and ability to support tropical fruit farming. Atemoyas are grown in South Florida’s Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and other areas because of its subtropical climate, which offers the warmth and humidity these fruits require to flourish. Atemoya farming is also possible in certain areas of Central Florida with milder winters.

Now let’s talk about some of the benefits of including atemoyas in your diet.

  1. Cures the cold

    – Atemoya reduces the intensity of cold symptoms, while antihistamines lessen the uncomfortable side effects of a common cold, such as discomfort, runny nose, and inflammation. It regulates the allergy that results in cold. It shortens the duration of cold and decreases histamine levels.

  2. Aids in digestion

    – Atemoyas are rich in fiber that aids in thr proper functioning of the intestines that help the digestion process. It helps regulate bowel movements and may assist in maintaining a healthy weight.

  3. Relieves stress

    – Atemoyas contain vitamin C which helps the body to cope with stress by lowering cortisol, hormones and high stress levels.

  4. Antioxidant activity

    – Because atemoyas contains antioxidants, it shields the body against oxidative stress and cellular rust, which can cause a number of serious medical diseases like atherosclerosis, which can result in heart attacks and strokes. The antioxidants also supports the body’s overall health.

  5. Hypertension
    – This fruit decreases blood pressure and the risk of hypertension and major health issues that may arise from elevated blood pressure.

  6. Rich in nutrients
    – Atemoyas are a good source of essential nutrients like vitamin C, which supports the immune system, and B vitamins like B6, which aid metabolism and overall health.

  7. Hydration and energy
    – Atemoyas are a pleasant fruit option because of their high water content and natural sugars, which provide you with hydration and a quick energy boost.

Now for some fun facts about atemoyas::

  1. The atemoya seeds have toxins so it is important to discard it before consuming the fruit. If the seed is damaged, the toxins may contaminate the flesh.
  2. Atemoya fruit trees produce fruit in 3-5 years.
  3. Initially the fruits are green or light green which turns yellowish green when ripened.
  4. Shortly after, crossbreeding cherimoyas and sugar apples to create atemoyas, the atemoya was introduced to the Philippines. Since then, it has travelled all over the world, including South America, Hawaii, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Egypt.
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