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common name for members of the Annonaceae, a family of shrubs, woody vines, and small trees of the tropics. The custard-apples (Annona squamosa and A. reticulata) and other members of the family bear a soft, sweet fruit popular in the tropics and have been transplanted from the Americas to the Old World. The pawpaw, or papaw (Asimina triloba), one of the few temperate species remaining from the more extensive range of the family in the past, is a shrub or small tree of E North America which also bears a sweet edible fruit. The name pawpaw is sometimes applied to the papayapapaya
, soft-stemmed tree (Carica papaya) of tropical America resembling a palm with a crown of palmately lobed leaves. It is cultivated for its melonlike yellow fruits eaten raw or cooked and, more recently, for the juice which has become a commercial item.
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, an unrelated plant. The custard-apple family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Magnoliales.
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The custard apple tree draws different amounts of nutrients depending on the period of growth and development, and environmental conditions in which they are exposed, especially temperatures and rainfall.
Hence, the present study aimed to evaluate the fruit quality and yield of the custard apple as a function of nitrogen fertilising and the use of humic substances in Brazil.
The incidence of these organic foreign bodies like custard apple seeds showed seasonal variation, the highest during October to December.
Four teams from Tanser Village and nearby Kurdes Village played an exhibition match at the same ground where Asunta began with a bent bamboo stick and dried custard apple ( sharifa) for a ball.
5% for mango, pineapple, and custard apple field plots, respectively, with a bulk density of 1.
Custard apple or sitaphal and cream served together with some sugar and a dash of vanilla.
Some agricultural products not on the early-harvest list also enjoyed increased exports to China in the first five months; and among those with sharp annual export rise were custard apple or sugar apple (287%), pineapple (75%), phalaenopsis or moth orchid (98%), and fish for ornament or watch (90%).
A regular supply of water, good drainage, and soil fertility are to be ensured for the cultivation of the custard apple.
After setting out their sources and methods, they explore phases of Everglades drainage, effects of the drainage, reconstructing the predrainage landscape, Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Marsh, Sawgrass Plains, Custard Apple and Cypress Swamps, Ridge and Slough landscape, marl marshes, landscapes bordering the Everglades, and predrainage hydrology.
The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) belongs to the tropical custard apple family, which includes delights such as sweetsop, soursop, cherimoya and, of course, the custard apple, which is the botanical family's namesake.
Several popular and delicious fruits and vegetables from Thailand, namely, Rambuttan, Longan, Mangosteen, guava, Salak (snake fruit), dragon fruit, Sapodila, Durian, Solo pappaya, baby pineapple, Rose apples, custard apple, tender coconut, sweet tamarind, sweet corn, jojuba, litchi, Longsat, Rambi and sweet green mango, etc.
Finally, for the dessert, a combination of custard apple kulfi on a bed of caramelised banana flan cannot fail to impress.