Custard Apple Tree
The custard apple tree, scientifically known as Annona reticulata, offers a delightful treat for both the senses and health benefits. Native to Central America and the Caribbean, this tree has gained global recognition for its unique fruits. Boasting lush foliage and oblong-shaped leaves, it creates an inviting canopy. Its fruits, also known as “custard apples” or “sugar apples,” feature a distinctive green, knobby skin. When you open the fruit, you’ll discover a creamy, custard-like flesh with an enticing aroma and a delectably sweet taste.
Moreover, besides its culinary appeal, the custard apple tree’s potential medicinal properties make it esteemed in traditional remedies. Different parts of the tree are utilized for various health benefits. Fruit enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals alike cherish the custard apple tree for its tropical charm and mouthwatering fruits.
The custard apple is widely known and eaten by millions in India. Many farmers grow custard apple trees on their lands and sell the fruits at a good price. The agroforestry model of custard apples ensures that the farmers receive saplings and plant them properly, leading to fruiting within 2-3 years. Once the trees start bearing fruit, the farmers earn well, and their economic status improves significantly due to the income they generate.
Tree Dimensions on Maturity
|Maximum height of the tree (m)||5|
|Tree canopy spread (m)||3.5|
|Tree trunk diameter (inches)||8|
Impact in Numbers
Carbon Fixed 100 Kgs.
CO2 reduction from the atmosphere by 400 Kgs.
Increase in farmer income by 5000 INR per year per tree after fruiting.
Researchers measure the impact of the project on wildlife and farmers. They capture all data at regular intervals and analyze it by comparing with the previous data on the same parameters calculated a few months ago. The change is then measured against the planned results. Moreover, transition words like “Furthermore” or “Additionally” could be added at the beginning of the first two sentences to provide better flow and connectivity.
The project reports are prepared and sent to the contributors. The report covers the following
1) Trees status as of the last visit made.
2) Any mortality in the trees planted.
3) Carbon fixed in MT from the start of the project.
4) Economic impact on the farmers.
5) Ecological impact created.