Cherimoyas are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets. For those unfamiliar with this South American native, Cherimoyas are about the size of a small grapefruit. They are green, slightly ovoid, and have brown fingerprint-like markings which are sometimes flat and sometimes bumpy. But don’t let the Cherimoya’s rough looking exterior fool you. They are considered by many to be one of the best-tasting fruits in the world.
Cherimoyas (sometimes called Custard Apples) have very thin, somewhat delicate skin that is easy to cut. Inside is a creamy white pulp that is both fragrant and delicious, with a flavor that is reminiscent of banana, pineapple, papaya, peach, strawberry and bubblegum all at the same time. There are also glossy black seeds, but these are easily removed. The pulp can be scooped right out of the skin and eaten fresh, but it can also be added to fruit salads or used for making sherbet or ice cream. Several varieties are cultivated commercially, but Cherimoyas remain a seasonal, specialty crop in Southern California, despite their growing popularity.
Did You Know: Mark Twain called Cherimoyas “the most delicious fruit known to men.”
Price: $6.50 per pound
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Saturdays in Coachella, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, In front of City Hall on Sixth Street.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.