Another new discovery for me in India. I’m not entirely sure of its name, but I think I have been eating a red custard apple or ramphal.
At the end of April, I was buying some soft drinks from a shop in Chinchurakanapalli village near the Clover Greens golf course. The shopkeeper said that she had never spoken to any golfers before. She then sent her brother clambering up a tree to pick a red fruit as a gift to me – I guess in response to the novelty value of having a female, foreign, golfer in her shop.
The fruit tasted like a custard apple, with a sweet creamy texture and large seeds. But I’ve only seen them with a green skin, not red.
Has anyone seen a fruit like this? Or was I eating from some strange mutant tree?
UPDATE in 2015: If you read the comments below, you will see that people have suggested other names for this fruit, like sitaphal, bullock’s heart, sharifa and atha palam. So there must be more than one tree with this fruit after all!