Entering Whole Foods on my weekly shopping trip, I spotted a very different fruit. First I thought it looked similar to an artichoke, but in the fruit section? Coming closer, I discovered that what I thought were leaves really were just a design on the fruit. Not knowing what it was, I asked an employee for some information, and she offered to let me taste it. What an experience! First, the flesh was whiter than I expected with big black seeds (not edible), and the texture was very different from what I had expected, more creamy and silky. I cannot describe the flavors that exploded in my mouth, a combination of various fruits with a hint of some spices, maybe? It is very delicious, sumptuous really, and I would strongly recommend adding it to your next food shopping. It is on the expensive side, very seasonal and hard to find, but my husband and I shared one fruit and we were satisfied. I bought two fruits, one ready for consumption the other for ripening. I asked the clerk how do tell when it is ready to eat, and she told me that the Cherimoya becomes darker in color and feels soft.
I always find it so gratifying when I find new fruits and vegetables to try and to add them to our meal plan. It adds interest and excitement to our diet, stimulates our imagination, and lets us be adventurous. I suppose that’s how early explorers must have felt while discovering new worlds with different vegetation, fruits, animals etc.. Bringing this kind of stimulation into our daily lives keeps us young, connected, and healthy.
Please find below two links for more information on this delicious fruit and how to eat it.