Other common names of Ramphal are Netted Custard Apple, Bullock’s heart, Bull’s heart. In Sanskrit it is known as Lavani, Krishnabija. Botanical name is Annona reticulata and belongs to Annonaceae (Sugar-apple) family. It is a native of Central America.
The tree grows to a height of 10 meters. The leaves are alternate, narrow, around 10 to 20 cms long and 2 to 5.4 cm wide. The leaves are used as an insecticide.
Flowers are scented and droop in clusters. They have 3 fleshy narrow pale-yellow petals around 2 to 3 cms long. The center is purple.
The heart-shaped fruit is 8 to 16 cms in diameter with a depression at the base.
The pinkish brown skin of the fruit is thin.
The fruit is rich in Vitamin C and potassium. The fruit is used in Ayurveda and Unani medicines to cure many ailments.