How to eat Cherimoya! When you slice one open, you might not be sure sure how to tackle it. This photographic guide will show you how easy and delicious it is.
“A Cherimoya is deliciousness itself” — Mark Twain
It was twenty some years ago, when I was living in Spain. My Spanish sister, Pilar, introduced me to them. I hadn’t seen anything like them before.
So Pilar taught me how to eat Cherimoya, and now I’ll teach you. 🙂
What is a Cherimoya?
-The heart-shaped fruit has a gorgeous green exterior with what looks like impressions of small, overlapping oval flower petals — like a shingled roof.
-They have creamy white flesh with large black seeds hiding throughout it.
-You might think they’re too laborious to navigate your way around the seeds — however, that shouldn’t stop you.
-Pilar showed me how easy (albeit a bit messy) they were to eat. And had it been too tricky, well, I’d have said it was totally worth it because it was absolutely delicious.
-The Cherimoya were originally grown by Inca farmers in Ecuador and Peru. They have a texture somewhere between ripe peach and silky smooth custard.
-Their season is approximately January through June.
What does Cherimoya Taste Like?
The flavor is best described as a blend of pineapple and pear. Some also say they taste notes of mango, strawberries and lemon.
Once you learn how to eat Cherimoya, you won’t be able to stop — their SO delicious!
Several years after I lived in Spain, I noticed the Cherimoya showing up in the U.S. And now they are a savored, exotic treat world-wide.
Before we learn how to eat Cherimoya, please take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this fruit. Don’t you think the pattern on the outside looks like fish scales? So cool.
How to Use Cherimoya
-On their own — Simply eating them with a spoon, as shown above, is delectable!
-In dessert recipes — They are divine in ice cream, puddings, pie fillings, mousse, and the list goes on. Check out my friend, Dorothy’s Cherimoya Ice Cream recipe here.
-In drink recipes — They add a delicious fruity flavor to all sorts of cocktails, smoothies, and juices.
So let’s get to it. How to eat Cherimoya . . . .
- paring knife
- Use a very sharp knife to cut the Cherimoya in half. Or into quarters.
- Use your fingers to sort of pull apart the flesh — you’ll notice it falls apart in chunks. Eat them! The seeds usually come off in chunks as well — you can suck the flesh
from around them, but please be careful not to swallow them. (As with many fruits, the seeds are poisonous!)And for a slightly less messy method, use a spoon to scoop the flesh out of the skin
- And for a slightly less messy method, use a spoon to scoop the flesh out of the skin .You do this much like you would an avocado.