All about cherimoya (that green fruit with scales in the grocery store)

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If you ever visit the market or in the toko, you have probably come across it: the cherimoya, also called Jamaica apple or sugar apple. And you know us: when we see something we don’t know, we want to know everything about it – at least when it comes to food. That’s why we dived into the cherimoya (not literally) this time. What is it, where do you buy it and most importantly: how do you eat the Jamaica apple?

Do you see a green, sometimes slightly purple fruit with scales on the market? Then you got a bite! We are happy to explain which fish fruit you have caught.

What is the cherimoya?

The cherimoya is a fruit with a green skin with scales; the fruit itself is somewhat heart-shaped and quite large. When you cut it open, however, there is nothing left of that green: inside it is white, with a black seed.

It is a tropical fruit that grows on plants or small trees, especially in Central and South America (think: Chile, Peru , Ecuador, etc.). The fruit grows quite high in the mountains, preferably at an altitude of 2000 meters! The fruit is also grown in southern Spain, where they use it for a delicious liqueur.

The cherimoya is known as a very healthy fruit, partly because it contains proteins, which is not the case for most other fruits.

How do you eat a Jamaica apple?

The other name, ‘sugar apple’ of a cherimoya, already betrays the taste a bit: it is creamy, juicy and wonderfully sweet. Many people think that the taste is reminiscent of pineapple (it also has a slight acidity in it) or strawberries.

Eat the fruit when it’s soft and the skin is just starting to turn black: that means it’s ripe, just like a banana in fact. If the skin is too black, the fruit is no longer good – so you should eat them fairly soon after purchase.

You simply eat the fruit loose, but make sure to remove the black seeds first – they can be poisonous. Then you can cut the sugar apple into cubes or simply spoon it out like a kiwi. Or throw it into a smoothie or sauce!

More fan of other exotic fruits?

  • tropical trifle with mango and passion fruit
  • Es tjampoer with lychee, mango and coconut milk from Toko Lo
  • simple mango fool with yogurt and cardamom

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