Friday Food 63 – Cherimoya
Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are celebrating the not-the-end-of-world and looking at something else the Aztecs gave us – cherimoya.
Recently, most of the supermarkets have been stocking these weird looking fruits. Known in Chinese as 凤梨释迦 or just 释迦, they are native to the Andes, but are now found throughout the tropics. In English they are cherimoya or sometimes chirimoyo, momona, kelemoio etc.
About the size of a grapefruit, the fruit contains soft, white, creamy flesh which holds several dark brown to black seeds. The seeds are easily removed and the fruit can be eaten with a spoon – hence yet another name – “ice cream fruit” The texture is buttery like a ripe avocado (the texture; not the taste!)
I recommend you don’t eat the seeds (why would you want to?). They are mildly poisonous.
Mark Twain called the cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to men.” The taste has been described as a blend of banana, pineapple, papaya, peach, and strawberry. I know I like it.