What Is Cherimoya and How to Eat It?
Tropics always succeed to amaze and surprise us with a rich variety of unusual and delicious fruits. While most of them are common and accustomed to us, some of them still remain unknown for most people.
One of these is cherimoya – a green, egg-shaped and velvety fruit, which grows in the area of the Andes, South America. It is native and accustomed to the local population and is known since the middle of the XIX century.
One of the world’s famous and experienced travelers and writers, Mark Twain, had passed us a short but yet informative description of this tasty fruit. «Deliciousness» – he had said.
«Ice cream fruit»
And it is true. Cherimoya is called an «ice cream fruit» due to its melting, luscious, and soft structure. Cherimoya is wrapped in the thin, green peel that covers soft, sweet, and delicious puree. Also, cherimoya puree contains black seeds which are toxic for humans so you need to extract them during the meal.
That’s why people often eat this tropical fruit without cutting it into pieces. It’s enough to only cut off the graft of this fruit to eat it with a spoon from the inside. The taste varies and depends on the area and the tree itself. Cherimoyas grow on high, thirty feet tall trees in wild or in cultivated zones which are located mostly in California, Italy, Spain, South America, and others.
Wild cherimoyas taste different than cultivated cherimoya but in general, it can be described as a luscious mix of banana, papaya, peach, and pineapple. People who have eaten this fruit, claim that cherimoya tastes like bubblegum. It is best to eat cooled cherimoya. This way the taste will be the richest and most appetizing.
Health benefits of cherimoya
Health benefits of cherimoya are very similar to the health benefits of other tropic fruits such as bananas, papayas, and pineapples. Cherimoyas include very big numbers of B6 and C vitamins and what’s most important, they contain a lot of manganese – a rare mineral that plays a huge role in brain and immune system activity. Such vital and necessary elements as magnesium, potassium, thiamin, and iron are also present in cherimoya in large quantities.
Cherimoya is a nourishing, rich in protein and nutritious fruit that can serve as a very appetizing and tasty addition to your diet. If you never tasted a cherimoya, you definitely should do that in order – at least – to share the same experience with Mark Twain and prove the veracity of his words to yourself.