Bullock’s Heart, custard apple
(Annona reticulata — Family Annonaceae)
Bullock’s heart is a fruit of a tree native to the West Indies, thriving in coastal and lowland regions.
It spread to Central America and southern Mexico in very early times as both the Astecs and Maya had names for it.
The Portuguese were largely responsible for taking it to other tropical areas via Africa.
The fruit is reddish or brownish on the sunny side and a dull yellow on the other. Its name is the result of its shape, which is like that of a heart of a bullock (or any other large animal).
The size of the fruit varies from three to six inches in diameter and may weigh over two pounds.
The skin is faintly netted, and the flesh is yellowish white, with the typical custard-like and somewhat granular texture.
It is used as a dessert fruit and added to confections. Its use and appreciation is notably higher in Latin America than in India.