Fruity Fetishes continued: The Custard Apple (Thee’up in Khmer)

So, my blogging posts have become sparse whilst my life hasn’t really become busier, but my mind is somewhat pre-occupied with the events of my life. And there is one shocking event from the past week that has left me almost speechless and very angry. I will write a post about this in the near future once I have digested this real life happening! – Click here to read more as I’ve posted about this event now!!

Now back to the my beloved fruits of Asia!! I’m not a fan of custard because we were forced to eat it in primary school (in London of course-for those of you who haven’t read the ‘about me’ section of my blog, I didn’t grow up in Bangladesh!) And I eat the occasional apple but also a pretty boring fruit in my world. So how about the custard apple (thee’up in Khmer). Nothing like custard or apples (haha!) It looks very similar to a cherimoya (and tastes the same to my taste buds) that I’ve ate many times back in Europe. I’ve just done some online research and they are from the same family. Some say they are the same fruit with a different name but the cherimoya has different skin to the custard apple from my experience. A cherimoya has skin that surrounds the flesh in one piece. When you cut it the skin stays in one piece. This description may be a bit strange but I don’t know how else to word it. The custard apple has skin that is thick and comes off in segments. You can see the segments in the pictures below. The taste is extremely sweet and the texture creamy and slightly grainy. I love this fruit. Easy to eat-meaning easy to peel with your bare hands and actually quite filling as a fruit. The fruit flesh comes in segments too surrounding a hard black seed. They are the size of a medium sized apple.

custard apple

You can see below the the skin and fruit flesh segments coming apart with ease!!

custard apple

Below I’ve even got a picture of a custard apple tree that is in the communal garden of my friend S. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try the fruits from this particular tree as they were very still very hard and unripe when I saw them. And later they were already gone! But you can get them in the market here so it’s no big deal :-)! I ate a similar fruit in Bangladesh. It was much larger in size-more like a grapefruit. But just as sweet and very delicious! Oh, and the skin of that fruit was actually pinkish!

custard apple tree

custard apple

…….And more pictures of this delicious fruit and it’s wonderful mothering tree :-) 

custard apple tree

Show me your glistening sweet white flesh baby!!

custard apple

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6 thoughts on “Fruity Fetishes continued: The Custard Apple (Thee’up in Khmer)

  1. Food porn. Love it!

  2. These look so great!

  3. I’ve had a custard apple. It’s wonderful. (and it does taste like custard to me.) Thanks for the photos, they are lovely. I’ve only seen that fruit sitting on a tray at my local fruitshop.

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