Atis as we called it in Filipino language tastes like pineapple. The fruit flesh filling most of the fruit and making groves for the seeds. This bearing fruit tree is a native of the tropical Americas and West Indies. This tree was brought to Asia by Spanish traders where its old Mexican name was Ate that according to history records this tree bearing fruit may still be found in Bengali as Ata, in Nepal as Aati, in Sinhales as Katu Atha and in Burma as Aajaa Thee. It's scientific name is Annona Squamosa. Atis tree grows just about anywhere when a seed falls.
Atis produces energy, carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous potassium, sodium and zinc. Also vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and vitamin C.
Health Benefits of Atis
The ripe atis when mixed with salt can be applied on tumors while the unripe one is for diarrhea. And the crushed fresh leave can be placed near nostrils of persons having fainting conditions.
Other Names of Atis by Countries
Hispanic America - anona blanca, Angola - fruta pinha, Cambodia - plae teib, Middle East - gistha, ishta or ashta, Germany - zimtapfel, Haiti - kachiman, Hongkong - foreign lychee, India - sharifa, Indonesia - sirkaya, Philippines - atis and in other English speaking countries it is called sweetsop, custard apple or sugar apple.
Other Benefits When You Eat Atis
Help prevent pregnancy problems
Helps maintain thyroid health
Helps lower cholesterol levels
Keeps bones strong
Maintains supply of other B vitamins in the body
Helps the body produce energy
Lowers blood pressure levels
Keeps the heart healthy
Helps control sugar levels and
Helps prevent asthma
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