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How to Eat Cherimoya

By Max Whitmore

The cherimoya is a tropical fruit native to South America. The fruit has a tough, green outer rind and a white, creamy interior. The texture of the cherimoya is similar to custard, or avocado. The sweet and slightly tart flavor has been described as a cross between a papaya, mango, banana, lemon, passionfruit and pineapple. Cherimoya is a versatile fruit and the methods for eating cherimoya are only limited by your imagination.

Cut the cherimoya in half lengthwise and eat the flesh out of the fruit with a spoon. Spit out and discard the seeds.

Cut the cherimoya in half and put it face-down on a greased cookie sheet. Bake the cherimoya at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until the flesh turns golden brown. Eat it straight from the rind or scoop the flesh into a bowl. You can also heat the cherimoya on the barbecue grill.

Scoop the interior into a bowl and remove the seeds with a spoon. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze for one to two hours. Eat it like ice cream.

Remove the interior and separate the seeds. Cut the interior into cubes and mix it into a salad with other tropical fruits, such as banana, pineapple and mango.

Cut the flesh into cubes and serve it over waffles or pancakes. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also puree the cherimoya in a blender and add it to the batter.

Freeze the flesh. Blend it into a smoothie with other fruits such a strawberries, avocado and blueberries. You can also use the frozen flesh to make a sorbet either alone or with other fruits.

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