Tuesday, October 17, 2006


(AKA Custard Apple)

For those of you who guessed cherimoya, you're right.

A little info from Wikipedia and Chermoya.com.

  • The fruit is not available in all areas but is common in Southern California
  • The fruit is fleshy and soft, sweet, white in color, with a custard-like texture, hence the nickname custard apple. Some say the flavor as a blend of pineapple, mango and strawberry.
  • It's about that size of a grapefruit and it has large, glossy, dark seeds that are easily removed. (which are poisonous if crushed open) You should also avoid eating the skin.
  • When ripe the skin is green and gives slightly to pressure, similar to an avocado.
  • Ripe fruit may be kept in the refrigerator, but it is best to let immature cherimoyas ripen at room temperature.
  • If in doubt, it should be allowed to ripen further. It's better for it to be a little over ripe than a little under ripe.
  • Brown skin means that it is good to eat and has ripened.
  • After ripening, cherimoya can be kept for several days in the refrigerator. It should not be put in the refrigerator before ripe.


Carrie™ said...

I have never seen or even heard of this fruit before. It sounds like it would be really tasty. Thanks again Teddy for more interesting facts. And Congrats to you and Richard!!

Anonymous said...

I never heard of this! I'm not sure if they are available here in Seattle, but if I see one - I'm grabbing it!! Thanks for the info!! Hope you are having a great week!!

Anonymous said...

wow - I have never ever ever seen that fruit before!

megan the vegan

pinknest said...

ooh how interesting!

Anonymous said...

Wow - can you cook with it or it's just for eating plain?

Anonymous said...

Wow - can you cook with it or it's just for eating plain?

funwithyourfood said...

I tried this fruit for the first time last weekend and we just ate it raw. Peal it and munch (avoid the seeds). It was very custard-y and sweet. It's something I will definitely be eating again. :)

Thanks for stopping by!


shankari said...

Hi, I love custard apples, we get them in abundance in India, they are one of fav fruits.
You have a nice blog going!

Anonymous said...

So that's what those are! I may pick a couple up at the market this week, I think I've tried a sample there before but it was under-ripe. Good info as always Teddy!

Anonymous said...

I am doing a research project on it thanks for the info!!