{“sui generis” in produce : the cherimoya}

12 Jun

in case you’re wondering : sui generis 


have you ever seen or even better, eaten one of these beauties?!  this is the lovely cherimoya {pronounced “cher-uh-moi-uh”}…

i love how she is shaped like a heart… and yes, i totally think this particular fruit is a “she” – i don’t always feel that way, but i did about the cherimoya… what a unique and interesting and wonderful treat this was!  and she was definitely a lady!

when one first brings a cherimoya home, it’s a totally different colour than in this foto… that is to say, if it hasn’t ripened yet.  this particular fruit in the above foto is fully ripe.  typically when you buy them from the store, they are more on the green side… it takes 2 or 3 days to have it ripen up at home… it almost becomes like an avocado when ready to eat.

beauty comes in all colours, shapes, and sizes…


they aren’t exactly cheap, weighing in at easily $5-$6 for one fruit… but my goodness, is it worth it!


simply slice the beautiful fruit open and carve out the large black seeds inside… which are apparently pretty toxic to humans?!  this dude wrote this great article about them that i really enjoyed reading… he has a wonderful description of the flavour!  i’ve never had anything like it and never will again, i’m sure…


cherimoyas are also referred to as “custard apples” because of their unique consistency and flavour… i just scooped mine out with a spoon…


and savoured every morsel…

go. get. one. now.

of course, finding a cherimoya may not be so easy… they are definitely a specialty item, but i imagine that any health food store would occasionally stock them… i got mine at whole foods – so keep your eyes open for them!

have a great day!

4 Responses to “{“sui generis” in produce : the cherimoya}”

  1. danistrulytheman June 12, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Next time I’m at Whole Foods, will def keep an eye out … great post Audrey! 🙂


  2. tinywhitecottage June 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Wow. I’ll look for it too! I agree about cherimoya being a girl….


i heart comments.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: