magnoliales

Why Annonas are IN and Bananas are OUT for the next decades?

Annona, the custard apple family, is a tropical to sub-tropical deciduous tree. This family Annonaceae (*Annona < Annonacae < Magnollales) contains over 2000 members spread throughout the world (it is the largest family in Magnoliales.)

INTERESTING because.. :
* Annona knows almost no disease, grows without complications (you don’t need chemicals. perfect for organic growing).

* Extremely tasty (smooth as banana but not boring, fragrant as mango but not fibrous, juicy as apple or lemon but not acid, etc)

* Nutritional value : it contains an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals.

* Compatible with container. Plants like pear, apple or mango don’t bear fruits in container but annonas do. You can get the fruits from the container (potted) plants in the living room (most of them are not winter hardy except Annona triloba)

I’ll list here some of well known Annonas which can grow in non- tropical region.

01.Young Annona triloba (PawPaw or Indianer Banana)

Very winter hardy:  -25 degrees (tough enough for the european or east asian winter). Grows slow but robust.

01. Grafted Annona triloba will bear the first fruits in age of 4 years. Untreated plant will begin to bloom in age of 7-8years.

01. Annona Triloba in Market

01. Annona Triloba: Creamy as custard, no fiber. Interesting taste of tropical fruits; delicious fragrance

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02. Annona squamosa (Sugar Apple) is a small sized tropical fruit with the polygonal mosaic patterns on its surface. It has pleasnt sweet taste and flavor

03. Annona reticulata:  another small size fruit commonly grown in India, Pakistan and other South Asian regions. Its taste and color vary. Red / brown skinned, from pink to white fleshed. It features smooth conical protuberances (carpels) on the surface. Winter hardy around 0 degree.

03. Annona reticulata (another type)

04. Annona purpurea: Native to the southern Mexico, Columbia,  Venezuela

05. Annona muricata (soursop) :A well-known fruit throughout much of the world, the soursop’s delicious white pulp, with tones of fruit candy and smooth cream is commonplace in tropical markets, but is rarely found fresh anywhere else.The Soursop is usually processed into ice creams, sherbets and drinks, but fiber-free varieties are often eaten raw.  Winter hardy: 0 degree. Native to the West Indies

06. Rollinia deliciosa (Annona mucosa), also called Biriba.

Naitive to the South America. Grows very quickly, it bears fruits already  3-4 years after germination.

*Pulp, which comprises 70% of the total fruit, is eaten fresh.  It is also made into juices and deserts.   The pulp is also fermented to make wine in Brazil. winter hardy: 10-15 degrees

06. Rollinia deliciosa (Annona mucosa), also called Biriba.

Bananas are boring, so Annonas are coming :-)