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Thursday, 20 April 2017

First Custard Apple Fruit From My Garden.

One day our friend from Semenyih came to visit us and he brought a big custard apple fruit for from his garden. It was the biggest I have seen compared to our local ones. He told me to keep the fruit for a few days for it to soften before it could be eaten. I waited and the day came but when I opened the fruit, it was bad and could not be eaten.
Before I threw it away, I kept some of the seeds to germinate. Out of the few seeds I germinated, only 1 seedling appeared. 
I waited till it was strong enough to be transplanted into a big pot. I watered and fertilizer it and waited for it to fruit.
 Then I saw a few flower buds but later one by one started to drop off.
 Rain drops on the custard apple leaves.
 This is my custard apple tree grown in a big pot.
 One day I bent down to pull some weeds from the pot. As I straightened up I saw this fruit hanging on this branch right in front of my eyes. This was a very pleasant surprise. I checked and only found this one fruit.
 I quickly took a paper bag to wrap up this fruit to protect it from the birds.
 Finally, it was time to harvest it from the plant. It had ripened on the tree. It was not as big as the one our friend gave us.
From the internet, I found out that custard apple fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in protein and fiber. Even the leaves can be boiled to drink as tea for its medicinal benefits.
 But I am more interested in the fruit. So happy to be able enjoy the fruit of my labour.

These were his instructions to them: Plead with the
Lord of the harvest to send out more laborers to help you,
for the harvest is so plentiful and the workers so few.
(Luke 10:2, The Living Bible-TLB)
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The following photos are for joining Good Fences.
 Fencing in front of the Ipoh Railway Station.
Fence and gate of a residential house.

Linking to Good Fences.

64 comments:

  1. What an exotic fruit! Have never seen this fruit before, thanks for sharing, Nancy.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. It is quite common but not sold in supermarkets or stores.

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  2. That's one successful story Nancy:) I'm so happy for you....you were persistent... and have been rewarded:) Thank you for encouraging us.

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    1. Thank you, Annie. Even one fruit makes me happy!

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  3. congrats! may it bear more fruits!

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  4. ...what an interesting fruit.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. Very sweet but with lots of seeds inside.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a fantastic day!

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  6. what passion and how amazingly it turn into a fruit for you .
    Today i was little upset as a huge 5kg water melon in my fidge was over rotten and i had to throw it away while ago it looked great though but smell was changed

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    1. Oh dear, I would feel upset too. What a waste that the big water melon has gone bad. Water melon can easily go bad and we have to be careful to only consume fresh ones. Have a good day!

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  7. Lovely fence have a great day

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  8. Wonderful fence and gate photos and delish food ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  9. I've never seen that kind of apple before. Very unique. I'm guessing it tastes wonderful.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. The flesh is soft and sweet but we have to spit out the black seeds. Have a wonderful day!

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  10. I never fail to be impressed with the exotic flowers, fruit and beauty here on your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. And I am also amazed at yours too. That is what makes the world a beautiful place! Have a happy day!

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  11. We do not have this fruit here, and I have never heard of it! It looks like it is not related to a regular American apple in any way. Is this a common fruit there! I KNEW you would be successful with it, you can grow anything!! You chose a good matching bible verse for this post, too! The fence and gate in the last picture are beautiful!!

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    1. Hi Ginny, this is not crunchy like the apple but the flesh is soft and sweet and we have to spit out the many black seeds. Over here it is a common fruit. Have a beautiful day!

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  12. Should have put a question mark when asking...is this a common fruit there??

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    1. It is a common fruit but not sold in supermarkets or stores.

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  13. This is something I have never seen. Beautiful!

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    1. These fruit trees are usually home grown. Sometimes the fruits are sold in the morning or evening markets.

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  14. You certainly have green fingers, that looks like a really healthy tree. Well done. Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I am glad I have a small piece of land to grow whatever I can fit in. Lol!

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  15. Yes indeed now is the time to enjoy the fruit of your labour

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  16. Really interesting pics) Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  17. That's the first I've heard of that kind of fruit.

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    1. It something new to you. Have a wonderful day!

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  18. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  19. So rewarding for you, Nancy! Well done and enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. So rewarding! Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, dear. And rewarding! Have a happy day!

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  21. Never heard of custard apples, i'm glad you can grow and enjoy your own foods!

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. I am always keen to grow new plants in my garden. Have a wonderful day!

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  22. A nice harbour. I dont eat this fruit. Dont like its taste.

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    1. My hubby also doesn't like this fruit. Too soft and too many seeds for him.

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  23. I love custard apple.. but here in the US we don't get that delicious fruit..

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    1. I wondered whether anyone had tried growing this fruit in US....Have a good day!

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  24. happy right to get to harvest :)

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    1. Oh yes, one is enough to make me feel so happy and so rewarding!

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  25. So difficult just to get one fruit ya! I can completely identify with the disappointment of having flowers fall, especially after the initial joy at the flowers appearing. Well that's why you would appreciate self-grown produce more than shop-bought ones!

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    1. You are right. We get so excited and happy to see the flowers or even the tiny fruits. Then the disappointed took over when they started to drop off. I am so pleased with this fruit. Have a great day!

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  26. I didn't know about the custard apple leaves. Interesting! I really like that pretty fence in front of the house.

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. There are some very pretty fences around here. Hope to take some photos of them.

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  27. Clap-clap ..your efforts paid off, Nancy! What a lovely tree and a nice reward to see it fruit. ^.^

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. The first fruit sure is sweet! Have a beautiful day!

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  28. Just catching up, hope all is well with you. I have never come across that type of apple before, it looks very exotic.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. So good for you to visit. I am well and hope you are well too! Have a lovely day!

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  29. That’s nice progress from seed to fruit on the custard apple. We have a one in front of our house that outgrown from our neighbour’s compound, thought the tree fell down in a cyclone in December it continues to grow from the stem.

    Beautiful fences and gate, and I liked the house as well.

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    1. Thank you, Jeevan. Nature has many surprises for us. Some plants are determined to stay alive and continue to be fruitful. Have a lovely day!

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  30. Hi Nancy,
    Really a joy to harvest the fruit of your labour. Think I've seen custard apple before but on rare occasions only. But have never tasted it.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Hope you will get to taste it one day. Have a joyful day!

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