The cherimoya is also known as the custard apple or sherbet fruit. It is large and pinecone-like in appearance with a green exterior. Cherimoyas are juicy with a creamy white flesh that tastes like a combination of pineapple, mango, papaya, and vanilla. The large black seeds are numerous, but very easy to remove. The cherimoya is related to the pawpaw.
Selection, Storage, and Preparation
Cherimoyas are available November through May. Choose fruits that are yellow-green, firm and without blemishes. Dark spots and splotches should be avoided. Cherimoyas will ripen at room temperature for a few days until softened. They can then be tightly wrapped and refrigerated for up to 4 days. Once ripe, a cherimoya will spoil very quickly.