Cherimoyas are egg-shaped or heart-shaped unusual looking fruit with thin skin that is light green in color. The white pulp offers a mild flavorlikened to a blend of banana, vanilla, mango, papaya, pineapple and coconut. The refreshing texture is soft, smooth and melting almost custard-like, hence the name custard apple. The flesh is studded with large, black, inedible seeds. Some varieties, though not all, produce scaly depressions on their skin, where the more depressions that develop will indicate a seedier fruit. So if you prefer your Cherimoya with less sees ask us to select one with less scaly impressions.
Botanically classified as Annona Cherimoya is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to the mountains of Ecuador and Peru. Today they are commercially grown in Australia, South America, Asia, Spain, Italy, and California.
High in calories, 300 grams of Cherimoya fruit has about 170 calories. High in fiber, it is a good source of vitamin C and calcium, plus contains niacin and phosphorus.
Ripe Cherimoya have a delicate, sweet flavor and texture that is most apparent when eaten fresh. Cut chunks of Cherimoya and add to salads with kiwi, strawberry, papaya or other tropical fruit. Scoop flesh from skin and blend into smoothies and shakes. Add mashed pulp to yogurt or freeze with coconut milk into semifreddo.
Origins: Asia, Spain, Italy,
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