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Old 01-26-2005, 07:31 PM
Colibri Colibri is offline
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Originally Posted by Posted by LifeOnWry
Doobieous - you've got cherimoya, paw-paw and custard apple listed as three separate fruits - aren't they all the same fruit?
This just shows the problems of using common names. All three species are members of the Custard Apple family, Annonaceae. The true Custard Apple is Annona reticulata of the West Indies. However, the name is sometimes applied to several other fruits in the same genus, including the Cherimoya Annona cherimola, the Sweetsop A. squamosa, and the Soursop or Guanabana A. muricata. Pawpaw usually refers another species in the Custard Apple family, the North American Asimina triloba, but is sometimes used for the Papaya Carica papaya.