Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Cherimoya! A What? A Cherimoya!

I started my day off with a quick trip to the gym (lame workout, but I am still glad I went), a coffee run to my nearest Starbucks, and then a stop at ye ole grocery store.  I haven't done groceries in a long time! I've been surviving on bread, tuna, a gigantic zucchini bought at a farm stand near The Boyfriend's house last week, and coffee for a while now (bad idea).  

Anyway, I saw this beautiful thing in the "exotic" fruits section of the store and I just had to get it.

It's called A Cherimoya!

There's really no other way to say it (or write it) other than "A Cherimoya!"

Here is what it looks like-

Now, I grew up in Mexico, so I'm no stranger to fruits that are considered "exotic" around Michigan, such as papaya, mango, maracuya (passion fruit), mamey, etc.  But until today, I didn't know that A Cherimoya! existed.  So I got one.

I got to my apartment and began my analysis.  The first thing I noticed was that it was pleasantly heart-shaped (liking it already).  The next thing was the skin.  The skin of this heart-shaped fruit is like armor, or like crocodile skin.  I grabbed the knife and proceeded to slowly dissect the armored specimen, secretly hoping the inside was a peachy, pinkish color.  It wasn't.  It was just a creamy white.  

It smelled a little pungent. But not in a bad way.  It has big brown seeds shaped like whole almonds, which I removed in order to take a bite.

Now, after all this build-up you're probably expecting me to say that it tasted like heaven sprinkled with rainbows.  Sorry to disappoint you, but no.  It tasted like the child of an orange and a nut.  A Cherimoya! tasted a little bit bitter too.  But not in a bad way.

So, in short, my adventure with A Cherimoya! this morning was a little underwhelming.  But not in a bad way.  

At least now I know what A Cherimoya! tastes like!


  1. This looks heaps like the Custard Apples we have in Australia...I have only ever had home grown ones and they are sweet and tangy and leave your mouth feeling a little dry at the end but not bitter at all...delicious!

  2. Lillabilly- I think A Cherimoya! is the same fruit as your Australian custard apples! :)

  3. en espanol chirimoya...yum yum

  4. I agree with lillabilly - it's a custard apple. It should be very soft and custardy inside, and I dont recall an bitterness, maybe yours wasnt quite ripe!
    Give it another try : )