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  1. Choosing varieties
  2. Varieties commonly grown in New Zealand
  3. An analysis of varieties grown in New Zealand
  4. Varieties commonly grown overseas
  5. Other names for cherimoya
  Varieties commonly grown in New Zealand

Bays (Origin: California, 1920)
Tree broad, to 6m. Fruit of medium size, round, impressa, light-green, with excellent-flavoured, smooth-textured flesh, almost lemony. Early maturing. Prone to splitting when nearly mature if temperatures are low. The weeping habit of the tree can increase skin damage due to windrub. One of California’s main varieties.

Bronceada (Origin: Chile)
Regular heavy bearer of large fruit (600–1,300g), intermediate skinned. Juicy, sweet cream flesh with good flavour, late maturing, changing colour markedly from yellow–green to bronze–green, which makes harvesting easy. Holds well on tree. Good shelf life (due to thick skin) of 12–15 days at room temperature, 21 days at 10ºC. Early tree pruning and summer pinching can produce more fruiting laterals, giving increased crops of smaller fruit (500–800g). Good resistance to botrytis and anthracnose. A major commercial crop in Chile.

bronceada varietyBronceada

Burtons (Origin: Kaitaia, New Zealand)
Moderate-sized heart-shaped fruit with a deep stem base cavity, impressa, excellent flavour, moderately seedy with large, loose seeds. Late maturing. Has small flowers that can be hard to find, so difficult to pollinate. Tree has a dense canopy. Shelf life up to 7 days at room temperature.

Burtons Favourite (Origin: Kaitaia, New Zealand)
Robust tree, relatively free from disease. Good size, evenly shaped impressa fruit, sweet and juicy with excellent flavour, moderately seedy. Matures mid to late season. Heavy cropper, easy to handle, not prone to splitting, with a shelf life up to 7 days at room temperature.

burtons favourite varietyBurtons favourite

Jete (Origin: Canary Islands. Also known as Fino de Jete)
Excellent-shaped fruit with juicy, sweet flesh. When mature, black speckles may appear under skin. Matures mid-season. Spain’s main commercial variety.

Reretai (Origin: Kaitaia, New Zealand)
Moderate-sized, heart-shaped fruit (450–700g) with sweet, juicy, good flavoured flesh, impressa skin that’s susceptible to blackening, very seedy (20 per 100g of flesh). Moderate cropper of late maturing fruit with shelf life of 7 days at room temperature, 10 days at 10ºC.

Smoothey (Origin: Tauranga, New Zealand)
Fruit of good size and shape, tuberculate, with a good flavour. Highly prone to cracking at the stem base. Very seedy. Early maturing.

Spain (Origin: California)
Heavy cropper of sweet, juicy fruit, with a mild pineapple flavour. Matures mid–season, when cold weather can split fruit.

White (Origin: California, 1928)
Very heavy cropper of large fruit up to 1.8kg, with juicy flesh that can be quite gritty just below the skin, flavour weak, suggesting mango-papaya. Has a low seed count (9 per 100g of flesh). A commercial favourite in California.

white varietyWhite

Next – an analysis of the varieties commonly grown New Zealand

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Tree management Hand pollinating
Propagation Harvest to selling
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