|The delicious fruit
The cherimoya is the finest fruit of all the Annona species and considered one of the most exquisite fruits in the world. Mark Twain once called cherimoya deliciousness itself.
Cherimoya are a special kind of fruit called a syncarpium, where several pistils are fused together and united into a single mass along a central receptacle. The primitive fruit form has spirally arranged carpels, resembling a raspberry, with each segment of flesh surrounding a single hard black seed. Fruit size is generally proportional to the number of seeds within.
The subacid flesh is creamy white, soft, juicy, sweet and very fragrant, with a custard-like consistency. The flavour is rich and aromatic, a blend of sweetness and mild acidity resembling a cross between banana, passionfruit, papaya and pineapple. Melting is the best way to describe the flesh of cherimoya as it literally does melt in the mouth. Try out some of the absolutely delicious eating ideas in the Ripening and eating section
There are three cherimoya skin types
Tuberclate, intermediate and impressa skin types
Impressa has the best qualities for harvesting and handling compared with tuberculate fruit, which can be easily knocked or damaged causing unmarketable blemishes. Some varieties produce different skin types on the same tree or even on the same fruit.
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