Cherimoya, also known as custard apple, is a tropical fruit that is native to the Andean regions of South America, however it grows in many regions across the world. It is known for its round shape and green, groves within the skin with a creamy, sweet, and fragrant flesh.
Cherimoya's seasonality varies depending on where it is grown, but it is typically available from autumn to early spring. The fruit is ripe when slightly soft to the touch and has a pleasant aroma. To store the fruit, it should be kept at room temperature until it is fully ripe, then can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
The Cherimoya, is a highly versatile fruit that is used in a variety of dishes and drinks. When consumed fresh, the fruit has a sweet flavour with a soft and custard-like texture, making it a popular snack or dessert. The flesh of the Custard Apple can be blended or juiced to create healthy and delicious drinks, either on its own or combined with other fruits to make smoothies. In addition to its use in drinks, Custard Apples are frequently used in desserts such as pies, tarts, and ice cream, and their pureed flesh is often used as a topping or filling for cakes and other sweet treats. Additionally, the fruit is used in traditional South American dishes, such as the sweet dessert "dulce de membrillo."
Cherimoya is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and antioxidants. It also contains potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber. Eating Cherimoya may also help with digestion, boost the immune system, and improve heart health. Additionally, Cherimoya is known to have a positive effect on the central nervous system, can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It is also low in calories, making it a great snack for weight management and overall health. Cherimoya has a unique sweet and creamy taste, it is often compared to a combination of pineapple, banana and strawberry, making it a favourite among fruit lovers.