Custard apple from the tropical coast of Granada - Malaga
Which area of Spain is it typical?
- Autonomous region:
On the Costa del Sol, in the towns in the south of Granada and Malaga, the climate is excellent for the production of tropical fruit. The custard apple stands out among them.
The custard apple tree, originally from the subtropical zones of Peru and Columbia, belongs to the Annonaceae family. The custard apple belongs to the 'Anona Cherimolia' species. The custard apple tree was introduced to the fertile lowlands of the coast of Granada and Malaga long ago. It was first recorded in the 16th century. However, actual cultivation did not begin until the late 19th centuries, on family farms, with individual trees planted in the Jete area. The custard apple has a thin rind with a more or less pronounced texture. It weighs between 200 and 300 grams, its colour varies from dark green to yellowish-greenish white, and its pulp is fleshy, creamy, juicy, whitish in colour, sweet with a hint of acidity and very digestible. It is a very fine fruit with very few seeds.
- Type of product:
- From September through November or January, depending on the variety.
- The custard apple producing towns that belong to the Control Board are: Granada: Motril, Vélez de Benaudalla, Los Guájares, Molvizar, Ítrabo, Salobreña, Otívar, Lentejí, Jete and Almuñécar. Malaga: Nerja, Frigiliana, Torrox, Algarrobo and Vélez-Málaga.
- To drink with it:
- Sweet wine.
- Where to buy:
- Custard apples are available in most supermarkets and department stores throughout Spain.
- The Denomination of Origin of the Custard apple from the tropical coast of Granada - Malaga protects only the following varieties:
- 'Fino de Jete':
- Comes from the county of the same name. More than 90% of the land cultivated in this area is intended for its production. Belongs to the botanical variety Impressa. Its fruits are harvested from the middle of September until the end of January. They have a very suitable shape, size and skin colour for the market.
- Local selection from the botanical variety Mamillata. Occupies about 5% of the cultivated area. It has a slightly less sweet fruit, although with the same internal quality. The weight is greater than with 'Fino de Jete' and it is harvested earlier.
- Rich in vitamins and sugars.