Cherimoya is an absolutely wonderful fruit which is becoming better known in the United States . It is now produced in limited amounts in Southern California. It is a specie of Annona, native to the Andean-highland valleys of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. The fruit is oval, often slightly oblique, 10-20 cm long and 7-10 cm diameter (about the size of a mango), with green scaly skin. It contains black seeds slightly bigger than pinenuts, while the fruit is fleshy and soft, sweet, white in color, with a custard-like texture, which gives it its secondary name, custard apple. Some characterize the flavor as a blend of pineapple, mango and strawberry. A ripe cherimoya contains about 15% sugar and some vitamin C.
The name came from Quechua chirimuya, meaning 'cold seeds', since the seeds will germinate at higher altitudes.
These are some of the exotic fruits, vegetables and plants found at my Sunday Farmers' Market in Alhambra, CA. Although I may find them in many Asian grocery stores around town, nothing compares to being with all the other people in an open-air farmers' market.
( Angeleno )