Sweetsop – Annona squamosa

Sweetsop – Annona squamosa

Description:

This tree is small, seldom more than 6 meters tall, and multi-branched. It has alternate, simple, elongate, dark green leaves. Its fruit is green when ripe, round in shape, and covered with protruding bumps on its surface. The fruit’s flesh is white and creamy.

Habitat and Distribution:

Look for sweetsop at margins of fields, near villages, and around homesites in tropical regions.

Edible Parts:

The fruit flesh is edible raw. Other Uses: You can use the finely ground seeds as an insecticide. CAUTION: The ground seeds are extremely dangerous to the eyes.