Pond Apple – Annona glabra

>Pond Apple tree, Annona glabra, also known as Alligator Apple and Monkey Apple is found wild throughout much of the American tropical zone. The plant is a semi-deciduous, medium-sized tree attaining 12-15meters in height. It is a native to U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and West Africa. Pond apple is a member of the Annonaceae family the genus Annona.

Leaves are alternate, ovoid to oblong with a sharp tip, 8-15 cm long and 4-6 cm wide, light to dark-green on top surface and paler on the under surface. The flowering stalks develop from an axil, or from time to time from auxiliary buds on primary stem or older stems. Flowers are creamy white to light yellow, about 20-30 mm in diameter.

Pond Apple Fruit

The fruit of the Pond Apple is oblong to spherical, 7-15 cm long and up to 9 cm diameter, alike in shape to that of a mango. Fruit falls while it is green, maturing yellow after being dropped. The flesh is edible, sweet-smelling and agreeable in flavor, but frequently pales in comparison to the more renowned members of its family, the sugar apple, herimoya, soursop and atemoya.

Fruit is generally consumed raw, but occasionally made into jellies and wine. Seeds (each fruit holds up to 140 seeds) supply an alcoholic extract that resent studies indicated to contain cancer fighting compounds that could be utilized pharmaceutically.

Pond Apple Propagation Methods

Propagation is by seeds. Pond apples are hardy to at least 0°C and they can tolerate immense flooding and spend weeks at a time with their roots submerged in water, they can also tolerate salt water. Pond Apple is regarded as a weed in Australia because of its invasiveness and potentiality for overspread.

Pond Apple, Annona glabra

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