After a long and draining day volunteering at the clinic in Peru, eating this refreshing fruit called Cherimoya made me happy. I had never even heard of it before but Mark Twain called it “the most delicious fruit known to man.”


Regrowing Store-Bought Cherimoya

I was able to germinate some REALLY cool things this winter, but this by far is my greatest JOY to date. I was able to start three cherimoya trees from store bought fruit.

Thought I almost lost one; at one point one of the seed heads broke off before it could completely emerge from the hard shell. I was devastated, but thankfully didn’t uproot it. Astonishingly, after 1 month, from the tip of the break, the steam actually started pushing out leaves!

Mark Twain proclaimed this to be the most delicious fruit known to men. Fingers crossed and hope they survive. If any one has any growing tips, please do tell. I know nothing about growing this fruit.


Top: Cherimoya (custard apple), day 53 (since sowing). The oldest one looks great. We finally have a couple more growing their leaves.

Middle: Carambola (starfruit), day 53. All 5 look great.

Bottom: mimosa pudica (sensitive plant), Pitaya (dragonfruit) day 54. The Pitaya seems to be taking forever to grow. I heard they grow very quickly, for succulents. Seems like their prickly parts should be showing by now. I hope they’re ok. :/

“Cherymoya, or custard apple, is a deciduous plant found in the high lying mountainous areas of South America. The fruit is vaguely round and is found with 3 types of skin – Impressa (indented), Tuberculate (covered in nodules) or intermediate (a combination of the first two). The flesh inside the skin is very fragrant, white, juicy and has a custard like consistency. It is said that the fruit tastes like a combination of banana, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple. Mark Twain said in 1866 “ the most delicious fruit known to men, cherimoya”” More Exotic Fruits

and they sell it at whole foods :)


In this series, I’m going to be trying various fruits that aren’t so commonly seen or heard of in my Great Lakes region, and describing appearance, texture, and flavor. I will also be giving each a rating, which is entirely subjective so I’m not sure it’s much help, but I’m doing it anyway.

This time, we’re reviewing cherimoya!

This fruit looks like some sort of bizarre, scaly lump. Also called the custard apple, this fruit is native to the Andes mountains, but enjoys popularity in Asia as well. Mark Twain spoke very highly of it–I wonder what I might think.

Our usual hand for scale type of picture. Not huge, not tiny, pretty similar to the size of an apple. Time to cut it open, since the skin is inedible.

The inside is more fragrant, though not strong or overpowering. The seeds are big, black, woody, and also inedible, meaning I have to scoop those out. The internet recommended just going at it with a spoon, so that’s what I did.

So how did it stack up?

—Appearance: Draconic on the outside and creamy on the inside, an inviting off-white like apple flesh. That combined with the large, woody seeds makes for a very interesting-looking fruit.

—Smell: Not evident until you cut it open. Kind of sharp, but mild and weak, and also sort of sweet. Not great, but far from offensive.

—Texture: Halfway between an apple and a banana. Solid enough to stay together, but easy to eat. It looks drier than it is in the pictures–it’s damp enough. Pleasant.

—Flavor: This is where shit gets weird. The internet described it as being like a pineapple and a banana, and that certainly held true, sweet with a bit of a bite. What nothing mentioned was the peppery, capsaicin-like edge, which threw me off. I’m not sure if that’s normal for the fruit or if I just got a weird one, but it put me off of it at first. As I kept eating, though, I sort of got used to it. Not fantastic and can get old, but interesting.

—Overall rating: 7/10. Easy to eat, inoffensive, and tastes weird but not bad. If you have the money (they’re expensive if you don’t live near where they’re grown), you might want to try one out.

Next up is starfruit, since I already tried that and have pictures ready to go! Look forward to it!


Back at the other house, which means it’s time for a tropical seedling update!

Cherimoya (custard apple) and Carambola (starfruit), day 47 (since sowing). One of the avocados have split too! The pitaya (dragonfruit) look the same as they did before, so I didn’t bother to take a picture of them this time.

Also, look what else decided to show up…

Another mimosa sprout! I didn’t think I’d get so lucky. But there it is!