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The cherimoya is called “the the tree of ice cream” and the fruits taste like a blend of pineapple, mango and strawberry flavors. Ripe fruits are black-green and give to slight pressure, like an avocado or peach. When buying cherimoya, choose firm, unripe fruit that are heavy for their size, then place them somewhere out of the sun and allow to ripen at room temperature. Check your cherimoya every couple of days for softness. The fruit should feel as soft as an almost ripe avocado, with a little give but not squishy. The skin may turn brownish as the cherimoya ripens. Give it a day or two more, but don’t wait too long or the sugars in the flesh will begin to ferment. Once ripe, cherimoya can be refrigerated for up to 4 days, wrapped in a paper towel.
To eat, cut your cherimoya in half lengthways and either scoop out succulent spoonfuls, eat like a watermelon, scraping the rind to get every bit of sweet flesh; peel and cut into cubes and add to fresh fruit salads; puree and use as a mousse or pie filling.
Cherimoya pieces can be dipped in lemon or orange juice to prevent darkening.
Don’t eat the big black seeds.
Once you try this delicious, delicate, custardy fruit that’s so beautifully enclosed by its primitive-looking skin of green armor, you’ll agree the combination of luscious flavors reminiscent of papaya, banana, mango passion fruit, lemon and pineapple, and its ice-cream consistency, make this a truly special fruit.
Cherimoya Nutrition Facts.
Average nutritional values per 100g of cherimoya flesh:
sugar or honey
Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
For a thick smoothie, use frozen fruit and chill all ingredients as well as the serving container.
2 cups frozen cherimoya pulp, seeds removed
2 cups frozen banana chunks
1 cup skim milk
250ml strawberry or plain non-fat yogurt
1/2 tsp flavoring essence, such as almond, vanilla or strawberry (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink immediately. Serves 2.
CHERIMOYA TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD
1 cup cherimoya chunks, seeds removed
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup mango or papaya chunks
1 cup canned lychee, or firm ripe avocado chunks
1 washed and trimmed lettuce
Dressing: 1/2 cup low-fat fruit flavored yogurt, like pineapple or lemon
Place fruit chunks in a bowl, then cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours to blend flavors prior to serving.
To serve: Mix the dressing and the mixed fruit and serve in a lettuce lined bowl. Serves 4-6.