It was in Salvador, in 1626, when that – until then – strange fruit arrived in Brazil, brought by Diogo Luís de Oliveira, Count Miranda, hence the name: Fruta do Conde.
The fruit, which ended up gaining several other names depending on the region where it is grown (ata, araticum, blackhead, custard apple, pine cone, guanabana), probably originated in the Caribbean, but arrived in our country and was soon identified with the tropical climate.
It is not difficult to find fruit trees in public flowerbeds and backyards in cities in the states of Goiás, Pará, Piauí, Maranhão and Ceará. In these regions, it is common for children to pluck the Count’s fruit directly from the tree – which can reach up to 6 meters in height – to be savored while having fun playing in the street.
The Count’s fruit is related to soursop and atemoya ; its scientific name is Annona squamosa or Annona Asiatic , so very popular names are much nicer, aren’t they?
It is a very curious fruit. On the outside, its appearance is full of green nodules joined to each other and, when opened, its seeds are revealed, which are many, very black and smooth, covered by a white, fleshy and very sweet portion of its pulp.
In fact, Fruta de Conde is a set of fruits, that’s right! They arise from a single flower and are those small nodules that end up united and form what we call the Count’s Fruit or that cluster of names we talked about at the beginning of the article.
PROPERTIES OF THE COUNT’S FRUIT
Bioactive and revitalizing nutrients are not lacking in this fruit, which is a natural source of those that help to strengthen immunity and give us health.
We are talking about a fruit that is very rich in vitamins, phenolic compounds, iron and fiber.
Our bodies need vitamins to stay healthy, and the best place to find them in optimal amounts is by eating a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables.
Fruta do Conde is inseparable from its role as a provider of vitamins and minerals, as it contains vitamins A, C, B2 and vitamin E, in addition to minerals such as iron.
Fruta do Conde is also rich in fiber, essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system, and carbohydrates, which provide vitality and energy.
BENEFITS OF THE COUNT’S FRUIT
From stimulating the functioning of the digestive system to leaving the skin and hair prettier and healthier, Fruta do Conde’s list of benefits is enormous.
You only have to gain from the consumption of the fruit that Count Miranda brought us, check this out:
- Due to the large amount of fiber it has, Fruta do Conde prevents constipation and encourages the body to digest well.
- It has iron in large, healthy amounts and also vitamin C, which ends up stimulating the body to absorb the mineral more efficiently.
- Rich in phenolics and vitamin E, it has antioxidant action and fights the causes of premature aging and degenerative diseases.
- Vision is also greatly benefited from fruit consumption due to vitamin C together with vitamin B2. Your eyes thank you.
- It guarantees satiety and energy to the body for much longer, which makes Conde’s Fruit an excellent way to control hunger and feel satisfied for longer.
- As its nutritional composition has almost zero fat, its consumption fights bad cholesterol (LDL) and helps keep you in shape.
- The medicinal and therapeutic properties of Fruta do Conde are antimutagenic and protect cells, making it antitumor, antimicrobial and metabolism regulator.
- And last, but not last, the combination of its vitamins A and C have rejuvenating and regenerative properties that make your skin prettier and hair softer.
But look, this is not all that Count’s Fruit can do for you, as it can also be used to treat health problems such as anemia, spasms, diarrhea, colitis, cramps, malnutrition, worms and even depression and stress.
HOW TO CONSUME COUNT’S FRUIT?
Well, there’s no secret to that. If you are one of those who don’t mind getting smeared, simply open the fruit with your hands and enjoy the pulp. You will feel a slight sensation of fine grains of sand on your tongue. Tiny and sweet berries. It is a pleasant sensation, as the harshness of Count’s Fruit contrasts with its sugary flavor.
Don’t forget to spit out the seeds, huh?!
There is no time for Fruta do Conde to be consumed, just enjoy it for breakfast, before lunch or as a dessert, in your afternoon snack or before going to bed.
But everything that tastes good can get better, so…
COUNT’S FRUIT RECIPES
COUNT’S FRUIT MOUSSE
Can you imagine enjoying a tasty mousse?
So stop imagining and run to make one now, it’s very easy, and it’s delicious!
- Open the custard apple and remove the pulp, discarding the seeds.
- Place the pulp in a bowl.
- Hydrate the gelatin with water and place in a bain-marie until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the fruit pulp.
- Beat the cream until it forms a thick cream and mix it with some of the pulp and gelatin.
- Beat the egg whites and add sugar.
- Continue beating until you get a sigh point and add to the previous mixture.
- With a spoon, stir with movements from the bottom to the top and distribute in a serving dish or bowls.
- Refrigerate for about 3 hours.
- Decorate with mint leaves.
COUNT’S FRUIT JUICE
The juice of Fruta do Conde is creamy and very tasty when served chilled. Learn to do.
You will need:
- 1 earl fruit
- coconut pulp
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup of filtered water tea
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Pass the Count’s fruit through a sieve until a creamy pulp is obtained.
- Beat the pulp with the other ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Add some ice cubes or use ice water.
HOW TO PLANT COUNT’S FRUIT (CULTIVATION COUNT’S FRUIT)
It is important to know that the Count’s fruit tree likes high temperatures, so it is very expressive in the West region due to the climate. The temperature between spring and autumn is your favorite.
The use of appropriate techniques is very suitable for you to get good quality fruit, so it is essential to use irrigation systems, fertilization, pruning, artificial pollination, fruit thinning and other techniques applicable in cultivation.
It can be expensive, but the profit from sales can be rewarding for those who want to earn money.
Domestic planting, however, is much simpler, but don’t forget to observe some precautions, such as:
- The soil should have a light texture and be very dry, very well fertilized and with depth.
- Prefer grafted seedlings, look for new nurseries to acquire your seedling.
TIME TO WORK
Depending on irrigation and region, it can be year-round, but prefer the rainy months.
The Count’s fruit adapts to various types of soil, but prefers those with a light texture, very dry and airy. The soil must be deep and abundant in organic matter. A little acidity is also indicated to obtain very juicy fruit.
As for the weather, there is no conversation, it must be hot and completely frost-free, or everything could be ruined.
The fruit can be consumed in natura, used to make creams, mousses and refreshments
As it is rich in vitamin C and B complex, in addition to proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus and iron; its leaves are used for the treatment of convulsions and colitis and the fruits for general debility.
The average harvest period is from 90 to 180 days, depending on the region and weather conditions.