It’s funny, I’ve perused the produce section at health food stores countless times, yet I always seem to end up buying only what I know I like. There are tons of fruits and vegetables out there that are interesting, healthy, and delicious… and I want to make it my mission to try them all.
First up: cherimoya.
This sweet fruit — also known as the custard apple — is native to the Andes mountain range in South America. It has a taste reminiscent of strawberry, banana, pineapple, peach, and papaya… and a deliciously creamy consistency. It’s often frozen and then eaten with a spoon, which is the reason for its well-known nickname: the ice cream fruit.
It’s filled with fiber to keep you full, aid your digestive tract, and lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It’s got tons of vitamin C to keep your immune system pumping, as well as vitamin B, which keeps your energy levels high; your nerves in check; and your skin, hair, and nails at their optimal health. It has antioxidants, especially annonaceous acetogenins — which are believed to help prevent or treat the likes of malaria, parasites, and cancer. Lastly, it’s loaded with potassium to help regulate your blood pressure and optimize your heart, muscles, and digestion.
When you go to buy a cherimoya, think of it like an avocado. Choose one that’s firm to the touch, and store it at room temperature. Once it feels like a ripe avocado, wait one more day, then it’s ready to be eaten!
But… how would one go about eating a cherimoya? Let us count the ways… Cherimoyas can be spooned right out of the skin and eaten that way, cut into cubes for salads, pureed for pastries, or frozen and blended into smoothies… just to name a
few. To open, cut lengthwise with a knife, then remove the seeds and outer skin — these should not be eaten.
Have you ever tried a cherimoya? Let us know how you like to eat it!
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