Annona squamosa, or Green Sugar Apple is an exotic tropical fruit tree native to South America and the West Indies. Sugar Apple has been grown throughout south Florida by tropical fruit pioneers for decades. The fruit is ovoid shaped with a thick segmented peel which becomes soft and delicate as the fruit fully ripens. Fruits generally measure several inches across and are a light green or teal color. The inner flesh of the fruit is white and contains a fair amount of shiny black inedible seeds which should be discarded.
Sugar Apple fruit is quite fragrant and sweet, with a flavor and texture reminiscent of a dessert custard. Impressively, Sugar Apples are a great source of vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B9, B6, B5, B3, B2, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Ripe Sugar Apples are generally best eaten by slicing the fruit in half, or pulling it apart by hand. Then, the delicious custard-like fruit can be scooped out with a spoon. Remember to spit out the seeds!
Sugar Apples will generally ripen suddenly after a couple days of waiting. Allow the fruits to ripen at room temperature, as refrigerating the unripe fruit will slow or prevent the natural ripening process. During the ripening process, natural starches will begin to convert into sugars and the fruit will become soft to the touch. Segments along the peel of the fruit will become tender and lighter in color, some may even naturally separate. Fruits displaying these characteristics are ripe and should be eaten fresh as they do not keep long. Ripe uneaten fruit may be stored in a refrigerator for a couple days.
We personally grow and pick Sugar Apples right here in Miami from our own trees. If seasonal demand exceeds our production, we source Sugar Apples from local niche farmers who embrace similar ethical and sustainable growing practices to our own, without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.
Because our Sugar Apples are picked by hand and must be picked at the peak stage in development, we ask that you allow us 1-2 weeks to ship your box during the season.
We recommend placing a Pre-Order on Sugar Apples when they are not listed as In-Season. Pre-Orders are a great way for you to reserve your box of Sugar Apples ahead of the Seasonal Rush. Please see Pre-Orders below, for more information. Don’t miss out on this awesome fruit!
Why Our Fruits Are the Best:
Our fruits are allowed to grow on the trees further into the growing season to allow proper fruit development for optimal flavor, vitamin and nutrient content. Our fruits are picked from our own rare tropical fruit trees, from the trees of our local partners, collectors, and sourced internationally from sustainable organic niche farmers. Follow us on Instagram @Fruitpeople_com
Please Note: We are currently unable to ship this product to the following state(s): California. This is in compliance with restrictions placed by the respective Department(s) of Agriculture regarding the importation and shipment of various tropical fruits, due to the potential ecological impact of the possible introduction of various foreign fruit fly species upon Agricultural Infrastructure within the listed state(s). Please check out our other products as this restriction does not apply to all fruits & produce. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Pre-Orders will ship in the order they are received, as soon as the fruit is in season and ready to be picked.
- Small Box contains approximately 3-5 pounds of fruit.
- Medium Box contains approximately 8-10 pounds of fruit.
- Large Box contains approximately 20-25 pounds of fruit.
Box weight and amounts vary depending on fruit type, volume and density. All boxes are shipped with sustainably produced biodegradable packing material instead of Styrofoam or bubble wrap. See our Shipping Guide for more information pertaining to our shipping schedule.
Please be mindful of estimated delivery times for orders, as prolonged package exposure to outdoor weather conditions, such as snow or extreme heat, will affect perishable produce.
All boxes are assembled and shipped starting on Monday of the week following your purchase. Please allow 1-2 weeks for your order to be shipped for any product which is in season. Pre-Orders will ship the following season for each respective fruit type, see details below.
When one of our fruits is not currently in season, or has sold out, we highly recommend placing Pre-Orders. Placing a Pre-Order of our rare and premium tropical fruits reserves your Box for the following season. When supply is low and demand is high, Pre-Orders are shipped first. Pre-Orders are shipped in the order in which they are received for each type of fruit. Your Pre-Order is shipped as soon as the fruits are in season and ready to be picked. Some fruits have only one season per year, others have multiple seasons. Please refer to our Fruit Seasons Guide for more information. You don’t want to miss out on these delicious and sensational fruits!