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Pond Apple Tree

Pond Apple TreeThe Pond Apple (Anona glabra, Linn.) is our only other arboreal representative of the custard apple family. It grows in the swamps of southern Florida, and in the West Indies. Its fruits are heart shaped, 4 to 6 inches long, smooth, and when ripe the thick stem pulls out, leaving the creamy, custard-like flesh set with hard seeds next to the large central cavity.

The fruit is fragrant when ripe, but not of such quality as would warrant the cultivation of the little tree. The West Indian Anona muricata is the Soursop sold on Southern fruit stalls. Some hopeful horticulturists believe the pond apple may in time rival the soursop as a fruit.