Certified Farmers’ Markets Fresh Pick of the Week: Cherimoyas!
Cherimoyas are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the 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